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Supporting Scotland's vibrant voluntary sector

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations is the membership organisation for Scotland's charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. Charity registered in Scotland SC003558. Registered office Mansfield Traquair Centre, 15 Mansfield Place, Edinburgh EH3 6BB.

The Scottish Governance Code for the Third Sector

Anna Fowlie


Good governance matters because it underpins successful organisations. It matters in all sectors, but especially in ours, where the purpose is to serve people, causes and communities as best we can. A good reputation takes years to build and seconds to destroy. Our effectiveness relies on good governance, which is the best way to protect and improve the reputation of individual organisations and our sector as a whole.

Over 250,000 trustees in Scotland are volunteers and give their time and skills to steer the work of third sector organisations. Individually as trustees, and collectively as boards, they maintain good governance.

This code has been created by the third sector, for the third sector. Please use it. Please share it.

Please help promote good governance.

Anna Fowlie,
Chair, Scotland's Third Sector Governance Forum

The Scottish Governance Code for the Third Sector is also available in PDF format:

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Last modified on 14 November 2023
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