SCRT is governed by the Scottish third sector, so it is important to set down explicitly the values and behaviours which will inform its activities. There are an estimated 45,000 third sector organisations in Scotland with a personnel of 138,000 employees and 127,500 trustees

The sector is rich in diversity of type, history, activity and context, which makes it difficult to establish one simple, definitive set of values. Yet, its ‘values and principles’ can be understood through four broad narratives that are active in third sector discussions, debates and practices development[i]. These have informed the Trust’s own thinking, and are as follows:

  • Independence
  • Working for the common good
  • Social justice
  • Democratic practice

Statement of ‘Purpose, Values and Culture’

SCRT’s vision: is of an effective, socially-committed and prospering Scottish third sector sustained by a financial infrastructure consistent with our aims, values and needs.

SCRT’s mission: is to allow the third sector to pool its financial resources for the mutual benefit of the sector and the communities it serves.

The Trust’s core values: we will work within the third sector’s four broad value-based narratives as follows:

  • Independence: by supporting the development of a third sector able to work independently of both state and private sector interests;
  • Working for the common good: by committing to practical steps to building a common, collective and shared wealth through the third sector and the communities it serves;
  • Social justice: by asserting a fair society and protection of the planet as pre-conditions for third sector development and a wider sustainable society; and
  • Democratic practice: by drawing from the third sector’s long-standing democratic traditions of mutualism, collaboration, and inclusion and advocacy.

 SCRT’s Constitution and Governance

SCRT is constituted as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO). This is a relatively new legal structure, that provides an open and transparent governance model, with Trustees reporting to a membership body, and gives protection to members from incurring personal liabilities. SCRT’s membership is drawn from Scotland’s third sector.

[i] Note: The Third Sector Network’s (2007) ‘Values Statement’, view at: http://www.navca.org.uk/news/view-article/values provides one key initial source for understanding the development of these four narratives: the latter being a condensing of the eight values and principles in the Network’s statement. The Third Sector Network’s 12 membership bodies are given as National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), Co-Operatives UK, Mutuo, National Housing Federation, Social Enterprise Coalition, Trades Union Congress, Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO), Black Training and Enterprise Group, Institute of Fundraising, National Associations of Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA), and Volunteering England.