The board's role in organisational culture

Culture starts in the boardroom. The setting and oversight of the organisation’s ethical framework is core board work.

In a world of increasing accountability beyond the bottom line it cannot be ignored or delegated. Sport and active recreation organisations receive time and money to create good within the community. It must be clearly visible that the means pursued are just and ethical in the contemporary world and fully consistent with the good they are trying to create.

This paper has been developed by Sport New Zealand (Sport NZ) and BoardWorks International for the boards of New Zealand sport and active recreation organisations. We believe it will prove useful for national and regional bodies, as well as club and other similar committees at all levels of the sector.

It sets out why organisational culture is important, together with some practical steps for boards and committees to maintain the required ownership and oversight in this important area of governance.

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