Code of Conduct

Members must comply at all times with this Code of Conduct (or any agreed modification of it) and act in good faith and in the best interests of BUILD.

Conduct of all Members

Partnership Principle

1. BUILD is an organisation that values the benefits of harmony between partners and promotes harmony. Members will respect this principle in their behaviour towards each other, towards partners and towards other organisations in their work within and for BUILD.

Public Service Values

2.The highest standards of propriety involving integrity, impartiality and objectivity must be maintained in relation to the stewardship of funds and management of BUILD. Conflict between Members’ interests and the discharge of their membership duties must be avoided. Members must not seek through performance of their duties to gain material benefits for themselves, their organisations or others.

3. Members must avoid any suspicion that their decisions might be influenced in the hope or expectation of gain for themselves or their organisation.

4. Members are required to maximise value for money through ensuring that BUILD operates in the most efficient and economical way, within available resources, and with independent validation of performance achieved wherever practicable.

5. Members will endorse and operate within a policy of openness and seek to lead best practice.

6. Members will maintain confidentiality of information obtained through their Membership of BUILD and not use it to gain material benefits for themselves, their organisations or any others.

Relationship with Government, Media and Other Outside Bodies

7. The main point of contact between BUILD and governments, media and other outside bodies on day-to-day matters will normally be the Director or other members who are authorised to act on behalf of BUILD.

8. Care should be taken about any invitation to speak publicly, including speaking to journalists, in the capacity as a Member of BUILD and in the publication of any articles. Members should consult the Director, and in all cases should not express views at variance from agreed BUILD policy. Personal or organisational views may be expressed so long as it is made clear that the Member is speaking or writing in a personal or organisational capacity.

Annual Fees and Declarations

9. Members will pay their annual fees to BUILD when due.

10. Members will be expected to sign annual declarations that they have no interests which conflict with their duties.

Exit restrictions

11. On termination of membership, Members must return to BUILD all property belonging to it.

Data Protection

12. For the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998 (as amended), Members give their consent for all purposes to the holding, processing and accessing of personal data about them held by BUILD.

Role of Chairman and Board of Trustees Members

13. The Chairman, on advice from the Director, has particular responsibility for providing leadership on adherence to this Code of Conduct including leading any necessary assessment of the behaviour of individual Members in respect of their adherence to this Code of Conduct.

14. The Board of Trustees is responsible for reviewing any sanctions including the withdrawal of membership from any member found to be in breach of this Code of Conduct.

Delegation

15. BUILD Members serve on a part-time basis. Responsibility for specified matters may be delegated to individual Members, or committees of BUILD (or their sub-committees), or to staff within a clearly understood framework of strategic control.

Concerns about Propriety

16. In accordance with recommendation 53 in the Report of the Committee on Standards in Public Life (the Nolan Committee), the Chairman is entrusted with the duty of investigating concerns about propriety raised confidentially. Complaints may be made directly at this level.

Conduct of the Chairman and Board of Trustees Members

Interests of the Chairman and Board of Trustees Members

17. Board Members should not retain any interests that amount to an unacceptable conflict of interest with BUILD. However, given that BUILD’s remit stretches across a wide range of sectors and activities, rules only extend to interests in linking activities that could be affected by BUILD’s decisions.

18. Before any item is discussed, Board Members should declare any direct or indirect interests or connections they may have. Interests which should be declared are not only financial ones but those which involve some material benefit to either party. If in doubt, Board Members are advised to declare the connection in order to give other Board Members the opportunity to determine an appropriate response. A general notification of interest may be given, which would apply to all meetings.

19. A Board Member with an interest must not take part in any relevant Board discussion or decision unless the other Board Members present decide unanimously that the interest is to be disregarded. Decisions on participation must be in favour of the most severe exclusion suggested (for example, if some Board Members are content for the declaring Board Member to participate in a discussion, but not a decision, and others wish the declaring Board Member to leave the meeting altogether, the declaring Board Member must leave).

Register of Interests of the Chairman and Board of Trustees Members

20. A Register of Members’ Interests – kept by Secretary – will include details of Members’ public and charitable appointments, directorships, related employments, and relevant financial interests.