Community Gardens Ireland is a voluntary organisation and we can confirm that our organisation complies with The Governance Code for the Community, Voluntary and Charitable Sector in Ireland and is registered on the Governance Code website as a Type A organisation. We are now in the process of following the guidelines for a Type B organisation as we make the journey to become a Company Limited by Guarantee and apply for a Charitable Status Number. For more information about the Governance Code, please see below.
We rely on goodwill and donations to allow us to further the aims and objections we agreed in our Strategic Framework. If you would like to support us you can make a donation below for which we will be extremely thankful:
The Governance Code: Principles of Good Governance
We, The Committee of Community Gardens Ireland commit to:
Principle 1. Leading our organisation. We do this by:
1.1 Agreeing our vision, purpose and values and making sure that they remain relevant;
1.2 Developing, resourcing, monitoring and evaluating a plan to make sure that our organisation achieves its stated purpose;
1.3 Managing, supporting and holding to account staff, volunteers and all who act on behalf of the organisation.
Principle 2. Exercising control over our organisation.
We do this by:
2.1 Identifying and complying with all relevant legal and regulatory requirements;
2.2 Making sure there are appropriate internal financial and management controls;
2.3 Identifying major risks for our organisation and deciding ways of managing the risks.
Principle 3. Being transparent and accountable.
We do this by:
3.1 Identifying those who have a legitimate interest in the work of our organisation (stakeholders) and making sure there is regular and effective communication with them about our organisation;
3.2 Responding to stakeholders’ questions or views about the work of our organisation and how we run it;
3.3 Encouraging and enabling the engagement of those who benefit from our organisation in the planning and decision-making of the organisation.
Principle 4. Working effectively. We do this by:
4.1 Making sure that our governing body, individual committee members and volunteers understand their: role, legal duties, and delegated responsibility for decision-making;
4.2 Making sure that as a committee we exercise our collective responsibility through committee meetings that are efficient and effective;
4.3 Making sure that there is suitable committee recruitment, development and retirement processes in place.
Principle 5. Behaving with integrity. We do this by:
5.1 Being honest, fair and independent;
5.2 Understanding, declaring and managing conflicts of interest and conflicts of loyalties;
5.3 Protecting and promoting our organisation’s reputation. We confirm that our organisation is committed to the standards outlined in these principles. We commit to reviewing our organisational practice against the recommended actions for each principle every year.
Signed: Dee Sewell, Chairperson
Signed: Joanne Butler, Secretary,
2nd October 2016