You can?t delegate culture. It starts with trustees


Charity trustees must ask themselves tough questions about whether their organisation lives up to its values and has the right culture, NCVO’s trustee conference heard yesterday.

Janet Morrison, chief executive of Independent Age and chair of the Baring Foundation, said that the public had started to ask questions of charities because they questioned whether the moral stance of charities was consistent across everything they did.

“When they discern a difference between what we say and what we do, they question our ethics and our morals,” she said. “We do have to ask really tough questions of ourselves. We have to ask if our morals really underpin every aspect of our behaviour. How do we use our power? Are we using all of our assets to make the world a better place?

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