What we do
We assure world-class standards of governance by setting the international qualifying standard as the only chartered professional body dedicated to assisting governance professionals. As a lifelong learning partner, we help governance professionals to succeed in their professional aims, supplying recognition, community, and the voice of our membership. Membership of the Institute enables governance professionals to:
- Achieve recognition
- Advance their careers
- Commit to their continuing professional development
- Uphold a code of conduct and ethics
- Be at the forefront of the governance industry
The Chartered Governance Institute, the global governing body of which The Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland is one of nine divisions, was established in 1891 as the Institute of Secretaries to represent the interests of the emerging profession of corporate secretaries. The Institute was granted a Royal Charter in 1902 and its goal of leading ‘effective and efficient governance and administration of commerce, industry, and public affairs’ continues to guide our activities today. The home of good governance for 130 years, the global Institute’s membership has broadened and evolved, with the various name alters reflecting this evolution. Known locally as The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (or ICSA for short) until 2019, The Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland name connects our division to the governance standards upheld by the global body and its members around the world and highlights the UK’s position as a global leader in governance practice. We are proud of our heritage as a Chartered body and look to the future with an identity that reflects our continued relevance.
Is to champion good governance and improve the value, abilities, and effectiveness of company secretaries and governance professionals.
We do this by:
- Assuring world-class standards in governance
- Assisting governance professionals in achieving their professional aims
- Promoting the contribution of good governance to economic and societal value and wellbeing
Our guiding values
Ethical – we do the right thing for our colleagues, members, and the benefit of society.
We think independently to promote understanding of the value of good governance and of our profession.
We work with others to deliver quality services, share expertise, and influence policy.
As lifelong learning partners, our information supports our members, providing recognition, community, and a voice for all.
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