There are over 400 active Chartered bodies in existence, however many of those originally granted a Royal Charter no longer exist. We thought it would be interesting to explore the topic…
A significant number of membership bodies continue to petition (apply) for a Royal Charter. 42 charters have been granted during the period 2000-2009, and a similar number have already been granted since the start of 2010.
Recent organisations to be granted a Charter include the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists; Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors; Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.
Organisations consider petitioning for a Royal Charter for a number of reasons:
– recognition of professional expertise
– professional recognition from peers
– protection of profession’s status
– increased public confidence and awareness
– raise the profile of the organisation/members
– strengthen the organisation/brand; create aspiration
In addition, it could be expected that it would lead to an increased number of members as well as retaining more of the existing membership. Indeed, it is likely that a combination of the above reasons, and maybe others not mentioned, lead organisations down the path to seek a Royal Charter. Whatever the reasons, it is vital that a successful organisation has a strategy to ensure that the benefits of securing Chartership are maximised and kept under review.
Probably, the most difficult aspect of gaining a Royal Charter is convincing the Privy Council that it is in the public interest to do so.
Public interest may be defined as –
‘The welfare of the general public (in contrast to the selfish interest of a person, group, or firm) in which the whole society has a stake and which warrants recognition, promotion, and protection by the government and its agencies.’
A Chartered body should continue to ensure that this requirement is met and trustees are recommended to review regularly. The granting of a Royal Charter is a major recognition of an organisation’s role in its own area of expertise. It provides the opportunity to further the aims of the body and its members whilst ensuring it continues to act in the public interest. Further, trustees must maintain a healthy focus to ensure the privileges conferred by Royal Charter are used, as intended.
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