13 June 2019
It is ten years since Carmichael became involved in a series of meetings with various stakeholders on the need to set up a governance code for the community, voluntary and charitable sector. Looking back on our notes from those first meetings, it is clear that the issues and concerns still apply today: a recognition that a governance code should serve as a guide for boards on how to provide proper oversight; the need for a proportionate approach; the danger that compliance with a governance code gets relinquished by boards to managers.
However, much has happened since then. The Charities Regulator is now well established and has launched the Charities Governance Code. In the meantime, Sport Ireland adopted the Governance Code for Community, Voluntary and Charitable (CVC) Organisations as best practice for all sporting bodies. It makes sense that Sport Ireland takes over the CVC code at this stage, given the decision to retire the CVC code to avoid duplication with the Charities Governance Code.
Carmichael played a key role in the development and rollout of the CVC Code, including the provision of training and eLearning. We continue to support sporting organisations in attaining the highest standards of good governance.
We also provide support for compliance with the Charities Governance Code and look forward to developing these supports into the future.
See the Statement from the Governance Code Working Group here: https://www.governancecode.ie/
See the Statement from Sport Ireland here: https://www.sportireland.ie/Media/Latest_News/Sport-Ireland-takes-over-Governance-Code-for-sporting-organisations.html
The working group that developed and rolled out the CVC code consisted of the following:
- Boardmatch Ireland
- Business in the Community
- Charities Institute Ireland
- Clann Credo
- The Corporate Governance Association of Ireland (CGAI)
- Disability Federation of Ireland
- Good Governance Solutions
- Volunteer Ireland
- The Wheel