Volunteers at RSPB Ynys-hir Nature Reserve

Management policies and procedures

Find out more about key management policies here, including detailed and downloadable policy statements.

Key management policies

RSPB Safeguarding Policy

As an organisation that works with children and vulnerable adults, the RSPB acknowledges its duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and vulnerable adults. We are committed to ensuring our safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice and regulatory requirements wherever we operate as a charity.

RSPB Volunteering Policy

Our ability to speak out for nature depends in part, upon the support of our volunteers.

The activities of our volunteers are crucial to our work and the RSPB seeks volunteer involvement wherever appropriate.

This volunteering policy aims to reflect the high esteem in which the RSPB holds volunteers. Volunteers are an established, valued and integral part of the RSPB. They enhance our work by bringing valuable skills, experiences and energy as well as their gift of time. They champion the cause and often challenge opinions and perspectives whilst demonstrating loyalty and commitment to our mission.

RSPB Equality , Diversity and Inclusion policy

Like nature our survival depends on diversity. Nature has no borders and neither do we. We recognise that everyone is individual and different and value what that difference brings to the RSPB. We want to support everyone to unlock their potential and better reflect the communities in which we work.


RSPB Gender Pay Gap

We have published our gender pay gap data in line with UK government legislation - see the download on the right hand side for our report. The gender pay gap looks at the difference between average hourly salaries of men and women across the organisation, and gender composition of workforce by seniority. We are continuing to work on ways to address our gender pay gap and some of these are highlighted in the report.

RSPB/Aldi Greenspace event, Children looking for wildlife as part of an activity with a RSPB volunteer, St Andrew's Park



Executive remuneration procedure

The remunerations procedure, discharged by the Chairman and the Treasurer, reviews the Chief Executive’s remuneration taking into account factors such as performance and salaries paid in comparable organisations. Arising from this, the RSPB Council is responsible for setting and reviewing the salary of the Chief Executive, who in turn is responsible for setting and reviewing the salaries of the Management Board. More information about the level of executive pay is provided in the Trustees Report and Accounts.

This approach has been in place for some time and reflects a philosophy expressed very well by our former Chair of Council, Professor Steve Ormerod: "Large charities are exceedingly complex organisations in which leading staff have far-reaching and multi-functional roles in which there are major requirements not only for charitable operations, strategy and delivery - but also for the safety of a great many people and property, for financial management involving the highest standards of excellence and probity, for effective management across a large staff and volunteer base with wide-ranging expertise and for development and innovation in what is now a very fast-moving world.

"While we must, of course, dispense our funds - including salaries - with our charitable intent absolutely to the fore, our organisations must attract leaders of the highest possible calibre in what is a competitive employment market.  

"In the end, our charitable objects and performance depends on us employing the best possible people - and my experience from more than 30 years working alongside charities is that the payback in our capability outweighs our salary expenditure many-fold." 

Conflicts of interest procedure

Following their election to the RSPB Council, each trustee receives a briefing pack outlining their role, together with information on the RSPB, its policies, structures and work. Each new trustee completes a register of interests and related party transactions - this register is updated annually and whenever any changes occur.

Volunteers repairing dry-stone wall, Geltsdale RSPB reserve, Cumbria, England