Principle 1: The Spirit of the Game
Values-driven culture and behaviours
An organisation’s culture and behaviours should be underpinned by values, which are demonstrated by the board and embedded in its decisions and actions.
|Standard||2021 Avg||2022 Avg|
|1.1||The board have a directors’ code of conduct which outlines the high standards of professional and ethical conduct expected by directors in the interests of members||2.4||2.7|
|1.2||The organisation actively engages with its stakeholders to establish, define and publishes its core values and associated behaviours||3.0||3.2|
- Standard 1.1 – Code of conduct, was a priority standard for the ASC, NSOs and NSODs to focus on in 2021. This Standard registered the third greatest improvement across all Sport Governance Principles.
- Standard 1.2 – Values and behaviours, saw a moderate improvement and scored slightly above the average for all Standards. In 2022, there was a 21% reduction in the number of NSOs and NSODs scoring 2 or less and an additional 20% of NSOs and NSODs scoring 4.
- There is still room for further improvement in the level of stakeholder engagement used to establish, define and publish NSO and NSODs core values and associated behaviours and the mechanisms to communicate and embed those values and behaviours across the sport. In 2022, the ASC is developing another online director education course to further support NSOs and NSODs and other sporting organisations in this important area.
SPOTLIGHT ON LACROSSE
Lacrosse Australia undertook a comprehensive review of the Director Code of Conduct and leveraged resources from the ASC and the Australian Institute of Company Directors to develop a new director code of conduct, outlining a new set of values and behavioural expectations.
By publishing the new director code of conduct and committing to reviewing and updating it annually, Lacrosse Australia improved their maturity score on standard 1.1 from 2 to 4.