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To us, good governance means being clear in our objectives, ethical and transparent in our dealings, accountable to our stakeholders and compliant with legal requirements. It is a way of working rather than a tick box exercise. It is about a commitment, from the Directors down, to operate in the best way at all times, for the benefit of all patients, member organisations and stakeholders.

As an umbrella organisation for other charities, it is particularly important that HRCI acts as a positive example in all aspects of governance. We have built the trust of our members and funders and we work hard to retain that trust.

Overview of HRCI Governance:

  • In 2019 our Directors signed off on our compliance with the Charity Governance code. We are delighted to say that we meet all the core standards outlined in the code and are compliant to a level that would be expected of a charity many times our size.
  • We undergo an independent audit on an annual basis.
  • We produce in-depth and engaging annual reports, reviewing our achievements against our strategic goals and including audited accounts.
  • We are compliant with the Charities Act 2009, the Companies Act 2014 and the Lobbying Act 2015, making all the necessary filings.
  • Our annual accounts are SORP compliant (in line with the Statement of Recommended Practice, Accounting and Reporting by Charities). 
  • We have a strong HRCI Strategy, 2020-23, that has been developed by the Directors and an organisational structure capable of implementing the plan.

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