Strengthening good governance in business, government, and civil society: shared challenges of leadership and accountability

Strengthening good governance in business, government, and civil society: shared challenges of leadership and accountability

Good governance standards recommended to business, government and civil society

This report looks how strengthening good governance and accountability can be achieved in three areas: government; civil society; and business. It sets out proposals and recommendations for the adoption of similar standards by governments, the private sector and civil society bodies which may be developed further through dialogue between the three sectors. These include:

  • institutions and bodies should be subject to publicly approved regulation and reporting requirements, and accountable to public bodies with supervisory powers to receive and act upon reports of compliance
  • providing clear information on financial sources, governance and decision-making structure, and where relevant the membership/ownership criteria
  • publishing a Code of Conduct for managers and staff setting out standards for ethical behaviour including: criteria for the appointment to serve and for the removal of leaders and office bearers; and requirements to disclosure conflicts or potential conflicts of interest in the discharge of their duties, and measures to monitor and implement these
  • establishing policies to prevent corruption, and produce specific regulations/policies to ensure transparent and accountable procedures for awarding contracts for work or services
  • producing regular, public reports on activities with accurate and honest material, not less than once a year.

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