Boards of Public & State Bodies have a duty to ensure that their organisations are compliant with all relevant statutory obligations. Their role in this regard involves a) an understanding of what the statutory obligations are and b) seeking and securing assurance on the adequacy of the mechanisms in place to secure compliance with them. The Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies 2016 states at paragraph 1.23 that “The Board should have a list of statutory obligations and regulations that are required to be complied with and the execution of which depends on the Secretary of the Board” and at paragraph 1.3 that “The Board should review the controls and procedures adopted by the State body to provide itself with reasonable assurance that such controls and procedures are adequate to secure compliance by the State body with their statutory and governance obligations.”
As such, good Governance is broader than compliance with a relevant governance code; it also encompasses compliance with statutory obligations such as the State Body’s parent Act, the Companies Act (where applicable) as well as relevant statutory provisions such as Ethics/Standards in Public Office legislation, the Official Languages Act, the Freedom of Information Act, the Protected Disclosures Act, Data Protection/GDPR etc.
This half-day workshop provides an overview of the main statutory requirements for public bodies and will draw on the Institute’s experience in advising and facilitating Boards, Board Members and Executives.