Being aware of the environment an organisation operates in is vitally important.
The operating environment for organisations is continually changing. This change may be in government policy or in social trends, it may be legislative. The Management Committee has a key role to play in ensuring that an organisation is aware of the environment. This can be done through being well linked in with other organisations and individuals and ensuring that committee members are keeping up to date with trends and changes in the environment. New policies or services may need to be developed to keep the organisation current and compliant with the legal and regulatory framework. Risks in the operating environment need to be identified and managed.
The Committee is responsible for leading the organisation through a changing environment and making sure it is fit for purpose.