We take accountability seriously
In order to achieve our mission and to ensure that our work has the greatest impact on the lives of children, we believe it is vital to be accountable – particularly to the supporters who fund our work.
UNICEF UK takes the responsibility of using our supporters’ donations to the best effect seriously and aspires to the highest standards of good governance.
UNICEF UK is governed by a Board of Trustees. The Board is responsible for overseeing that UNICEF UK is achieving its mission and strategic objectives and that it complies with legal requirements and charity regulations. The Board also appoints the Executive Director. Trustee roles are voluntary positions filled by open recruitment processes
UNICEF UK’s Board is guided by the voluntary Charity Governance Code for larger charities, using it to as a tool to identify areas of continuous improvement and development.
Every year, UNICEF UK publishes a Trustees’ Report detailing its work, impact and audited accounts for the last financial year. The report is an important accountability tool, showing how our supporters’ donations were used to make a positive impact on the lives of children around the world.
Findings of External Review
Following the previously announced resignations of its Executive Director and Chair of the Board of Trustees, the United Kingdom Committee for UNICEF launched an independent, externally led review in October 2020 which completed in January 2021.
The review was jointly commissioned by the multilateral organisation UNICEF and the UK Committee for UNICEF and conducted by Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP, a leading international law firm with strong UK charity sector and investigation experience.
Articles of Association
Our Articles of Association (or Constitution) lay out the rules by which UNICEF UK is governed. They specify UNICEF UK’s charitable objectives, how Trustees are elected and held to account by our Members (usually at an Annual General Meeting), and how key decisions are taken. It also details the responsibilities of the Board of Trustees and of its subcommittees.
Conflict of Interest Policy
UNICEF UK is committed to ensuring transparency in its governance practices and complying with legal requirements. Our Conflict of Interest Policy sets out our approach to managing actual, perceived and potential conflicts of interest or loyalties. A ‘conflict of interest’ is any situation in which a person’s personal interests or interests of a connected person could, or could be seen to, prevent them acting only in the best interests of the charity.
At UNICEF UK we are concerned not only with what we achieve for children but also how we achieve it. As an organisation we are fully committed to ensuring that everyone involved with UUK fully respects, upholds and supports children’s rights. We do this to ensure that all children, staff, volunteers and partners are protected from harm and that we create a safe, positive and supportive environment, where safeguarding best practice sits at the heart of all we do. The implementation of this policy is supported by a full range of guidance. Should you require further information, please contact us.