Benchmark 4

A functioning internal system of governance that is transparent and reflects the vision and values of the organisation

We can explain who takes key decisions in our organisation

  1. We have defined some key roles and responsibilities in our organisation. We identify and manage conflicts of interest.
  2. We have policies and procedures in place for taking decisions and they are respected. Management is accountable to staff and members and we can explain how this works.
  3. We review our governance systems, policies and procedures and basic documents regularly to ensure that they are in accordance with the law, with good practice, and with the values and vision of our organisation.

For Well Grounded, governance is about how strategic decisions are taken in an organisation, in the interests of its vision, objectives and principles. It is also about how an organisation makes sure that it is responsibly managed: how it ensures oversight of its staff and programmes. We believe that an organisation that is well governed, with clear roles, responsibilities and accountability mechanisms in place in relation to decision-making, will be more effective.

There is an imperative for good governance: civil society organisations that Well Grounded works with are demanding that their governments exhibit it, so we and the organisations that we work with need to demonstrate it ourselves. Many organisations, Well Grounded included, receive funding from public sources and we have a responsibility to ensure that these funds are well managed. In addition, for most organisations, good and functional governance is also a legal obligation.