Board members rights and responsibilities
Board members have a right to:
information on which to base decisions
training and development necessary for them to carry out their
1. Act honestly
and in good faith
2. Ensure that
the organisation carries out activities within its purpose.
potential conflicts of interest as soon as they arise. This includes
financial, political or personal benefit from:
- other business
or professional activities
or accountability to other people or organisations
of other organisations
of property or other assets.
4. Where there
is a conflict of interest remove themselves from particular discussions,
decisions or votes, or resign altogether from the management
5. Not use
their position and information for personal benefit or advantage
at the expense of the organisation.
6. Act in the
best interests of the organisation. The interests of the organisation
are the members as a whole, not any particular member or group
of members. For example, a representative of consumers or staff
on the management group should act for all members, not just
those they represent.
powers for their proper use.
8. Ensure that
duties they delegate to staff are carried out properly by competent
the privacy and confidentiality of information obtained in the
course of their participation and not share information that
refers to staff members or members of the management group to
any group or individual outside the organisation.
Based on Ethics
in Community Organisations, Published by the Local Community
Services Association and written by Paul Bullen.