NCVO publishes draft code of ethics for charity sector

12th July 2018

NCVO has published a draft code of ethics for the sector, which recommends that charities operate with the “presumption of openness”.

A review panel, led by Dame Mary Marsh, was set up as part of a programme of work agreed by charities, umbrella bodies, the Charity Commission and the government in the wake of the revelations about safeguarding failures earlier this year.

NCVO said it hopes that this code of ethics will be the sector’s equivalent of the Nolan Principles, which apply to those who hold public office, and is a set of overarching principles that should apply to all types of charities.

The code is divided into four sections:

  1. Putting beneficiaries first
  2. Acting with integrity
  3. Being open
  4. Ensuring the right to be safe

The consultation period will last 12 weeks and will close on 26 September. Anyone wishing to respond or be involved in upcoming consultation events should email

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