Acevo adopts strict code of conduct

Acevo members who break a new code of conduct could face public expulsion from the organisation, the chief executives body has confirmed.

The organisation’s members formally adopted the code at its annual general meeting this week after a ballot saw more than 90 per cent of those who responded vote in favour of the measure.

Acevo decided last year to introduce the code (Third Sector, 16 May 2007). It includes three central elements, including a commitment to continuing professional development and that members will keep to standards of “expected behaviour”. Members also pledge to uphold the code to promote high standards of leadership in the sector.

The code also sets out a lengthy procedure for those who break the standards. A panel will decide on “appropriate sanctions up to and including withdrawal of Acevo membership and the decision being made public”, it says.

The meeting also saw the election of five members to the organisation’s board, including three new trustees. Tom Flood of conservation charity BTCV, Diana Kingdon of Greenoak Housing Association and Priscilla Nkwenti of the Black Health Agency, were welcomed on to the board, and Jan Tallis of School-Home Support and Stephen Burke of Counsel and Care were re-elected.

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