The size of boards can vary and composition, but they should all have a clearly defined guidelines for the board’s responsibilities to ensure that board members are accountable. Commonly, the responsibilities of board members include strategic leadership, ensuring financial stability, acting as ambassadors, and maintaining healthy governance.

Depending on the company, some boards might have additional responsibilities like community partnerships and fundraising. The primary focus of the board is to manage and oversee the non-profit’s activities. The majority of boards for nonprofit organizations are volunteers who receive no pay for their services.

A board is not responsible to manage day-to-day business operations however, it is able to make crucial strategic decisions, such as mergers and acquisitions or other high-level financial decisions. It also ensures that the business operates in a legally sound manner and is in the best interest of shareholders and other stakeholders.

A board must also have a robust policy regarding conflicts of interest and an understanding of the organization’s governing documents (such articles, bylaws, and exemption applications).

A strong board will engage stakeholders to understand their concerns and make changes in corporate behavior. They can also help improve the image of the company in the community. Ultimately, the actions of the board are what set its ethical standards. They override any written ethical statements and show what the organization truly believes. It is more important now more than ever, considering the recent controversy surrounding the use of bribery.