Corporate governance

Corporate governance is the system by which local authorities direct and control their functions and relate to their communities.

To demonstrate our commitment and in accordance with best practice guidance, we have drawn up our own Code of Corporate Governance:

Code of Corporate Governance (PDF)

We have a key role to play in governing and leading Oxford's communities. Our effectiveness relies on public confidence in elected councillors and officers. Good corporate governance underpins credibility and confidence in our services. To deliver effective corporate governance we must show openness, integrity and accountability.

Best practice guidance has identified five dimensions that should be covered in our local Code. These are:

  • community focus
  • service delivery arrangements
  • structures and processes
  • risk management and internal control
  • standards of conduct.

Our local code brings together these strands of corporate governance that are in place throughout the Council.