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Any potential conflict of interest should be carefully considered and managed.

The correct process for managing conflicts of interest will often be in your governing document.

It’s also good practice to have an agreed policy and process that trustees should follow when considering conflicts of interest. This can include:

  • a code of conduct for trustees
  • a register that discloses potential personal interests
  • a procedure for identifying conflicts and withdrawing from discussion
  • guidance on the decision making-process, and how this should be minuted (this should also extend to the discussion and decisions).

The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators have produced a sample conflict of interest policy, declaration form and register of interests (pdf, 330KB), which they've given us permission to make available to NCVO members.

This page was last reviewed for accuracy on 26 July 2022

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