Behaving with integrity as a management committee member is vital. As a member of the committee you are a steward of the assets of the organisation and accountable for the activities of the organisation. As part of your leadership role, you need to set a standard for conduct which can be mirrored throughout the organisation. Failure to act with integrity will have major, damaging implications for the reputation of the organisation you lead.
Ethics in Fundraising
The recent report by the Parliamentary Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee: The 2015 charity fundraising controversy: lessons for trustees, the Charity Commission, and regulators shone a light on the ethics in fundraising in charities. It states,
NCVO has published some Charity Ethical Principles to support charities, their governing bodies and those who work and volunteer in and with them in recognising and resolving ethical issues and conflicts, and make charities a safer place. The principles are:
Principle 5 - An effective board will provide good governance and leadership by behaving with integrity and by being open and accountable
The board will be open, responsive and accountable, acting at all times with integrity, in the interest of the organisation and its beneficiaries. The board will: