Codes of Conduct

MS Ireland operates in accordance with a number of codes applicable to our work. These codes are a combination of best practice guidelines, policies and procedures that protect the people we work with and make our work transparent and above reproach.

The Governance Code: Register of Compliance

We are pleased to announce that MS Ireland is listed on The Governance Code Register of Compliance 

The Governance Code

The Governance Code for the Community, Voluntary and Charitable Sector in Ireland - Principles of Good Governance

On 13th July 2013 the Board signed up to the principles of Good Governance in the Governance Code and has been working on the process of signing up to the Code since then. On 28th January 2017 the Board certified its compliance with the Governance Code with the following two exceptions: 

2.1(b) The CE is appointed as Company Secretary. MS Ireland has a dedicated Governance Committee of the Board which meets regularly and are satisfied that this ensures governance processes and controls are appropriate and the necessary checks and balances are in place.

2.2(e) MS Ireland does not have an internal audit function. Given the size of the organisation, we have sufficient controls in place and oversight of the controls”.  

The Principles of the Code are:

Principle 1 
Leading our organisation

Principle 2 
Exercising control over our organisation

Principle 3 
Being transparent and accountable

Principle 4 
Working effectively

Principle 5
Behaving with integrity

Further reading

Triple Lock Standards

Charities Institute Ireland - Triple LockMS Ireland was awarded Triple Lock membership by the Charities Institute Ireland. It operates to the Triple Lock standards - transparent reporting, good fundraising and governance

  1. MS Ireland is signed up to the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising
  2. Annual Financial Statements are in compliance with Charity SORP (FRS 102). Financial Statements are on our website
  3. MS Ireland is signed up to the Governance Code with two exceptions (read Governance Code exceptions above) and are currently migrating towards the Charities Governance Code as set out by the Charities Regulator in 2018

Guiding Principles for Fundraising

The Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising is a guide to best practice developed by a steering group set up in response to the Charities Act 2009.

MS Ireland are complaint with the Code of Fundraising Practice and we are working towards compliance on Guidelines for Charitable Organisations on Fundraising from the Public

The Statement exists to:

• Improve fundraising practice
• Promote high levels of accountability and transparency by organisations fundraising from the public
• Provide clarity and assurances to donors and prospective donors about the organisations they support.

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Whistleblowing Policy

The Board and Chief Executive of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Ireland are committed to maintaining the highest standards of honesty, openness and accountability. Members and employees are often the first people who realise that there may be something seriously wrong within an organisation such as MS Ireland.

The purpose of the Whistleblowing Policy is to outline the procedures for dealing with whistleblowing concerns, to confirm MS Ireland’s commitment to observing and maintaining the highest standards of honesty, openness and accountability in all its practices and to re-iterate the availability of existing policies for addressing other less serious non-whistleblowing issues and grievances.

This Policy aims to encourage and enable people to raise serious concerns within MS Ireland through appropriate channels.

Boardmatch’s Ireland Transparency Scale

MS Ireland complies with  the standards contained in Boardmatch Ireland’s Transparency Scale. ’A’ Standard

Visit Boardmatch Ireland’s Transparency Scale website for further information 

National Financial Assistance Regulations

MS Ireland can offer financial assistance to people with MS to help cover the costs of some expenses associated with the condition. Voluntary Branches raise this money through their fundraising activities. 

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Codes of Good Practice to Protect Children

MS Ireland is fully committed to safeguarding the well-being of all the children and young people with whom we work. Our policy on child protection is in accordance with Children First, the national guidelines for the protection and welfare of children.

MS Ireland is committed to promoting the rights of the child including the participation of children and young people in matters that affect them. A set of guidelines have been introduced by MS Ireland and all staff and volunteers involved agreed to adhere to these guidelines in the work they do involving young participant.

Vunerable Adult Protection Policy

MS Ireland is dedicated to implementing and promoting measures to protect the right of all service users to be treated with dignity and respect and is committed to ensuring that the organisation provides a safe environment which is free from all forms of abuse, including discrimination, bullying, harassment or sexual harassment, neglect and mistreatment.  In achieving this aim, MS Ireland is committed to ensuring that there are policies, procedures, guidance and training for staff and service users that prevent any infringement of this right.


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