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common law, governing committee members and board members have a
responsibility to act honestly, exercise reasonable care and skill and
understand their fiduciary duties whilst performing their necessary
tasks on behalf of the organisation.
These documents will provide you with an
understanding of the role of the board, appropriate conduct and avoiding
conflict of interests.
primary responsibility is one of stewardship and trusteeship on behalf
of stakeholders, ensuring that the legal entity, i.e. the company or
association, remains viable and effective in the present and for the
future. The board is ultimately accountable for all organisation
The board ensures the organisation has a secure long term future by:
The board's job is to create the future, not mind the shop.
board has a legal and moral responsibility to manage their organisation
in the best interests of the community it serves. Board members should
demonstrate professional ethical behaviour at all times – in their
responsibilities to the organisation, in their professional
relationships with each other, and in their professional service to the
A code of conduct is an effective tool to provide
clarity around the behaviours expected of board members in their role
with the organisation. You may wish to consider the following points as a
guide when developing a code of conduct suitable for your organisation.
Board members should:
a conflict of interest situation arises when a board member's duty to
his/her organisation clashes with their duties, obligations or interests
elsewhere – their business or workplace interests, for example, or even
those their family or friends.
Some examples of conflict of interest could be but are not limited to:
You may wish to consider the
following points to help guide you in developing a conflict of interest
policy suitable for your organisation:
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