Hertfordshire Compact

Hertfordshire County Council has agreed to abide by the principles and undertakings of the Hertfordshire Compact and would encourage all voluntary and community sector and statutory organisation to sign up to this agreement too.

The Hertfordshire Compact is a written understanding between the voluntary and community sector and statutory sectors about how they will co-operate and continue to develop positive working relationships for the benefit of Hertfordshire’s communities.

Read the easy read Hertfordshire Compact

The purpose of the Compact is to build on existing partnerships, develop a range of shared principles and undertakings and develop the relationship between the voluntary and community sector and statutory sectors through mutual respect and trust. Values, undertakings and standards are set out in order to strengthen relationships and clarify expectations between partners or stakeholders. This helps organisations to play to their strengths, optimise resources, standardise practice, improve accountability and provide better working experiences.

The Compact agreement was developed by the Hertfordshire Compact steering group, a multi-agency group including representation from a number of Hertfordshire’s statutory and voluntary and community sector agencies.

The group now named Hertfordshire Compact Partnership Group continues to work together to implement and embed the Hertfordshire Compact, to evaluate the effectiveness of the agreement, to manage any disputes or disagreements that may arise and to review, and refresh if applicable, the document annually.

This agreement reflects the Hertfordshire Voluntary Sector Commissioning strategy and will operate in conjunction with the Procurement regulations of all the statutory organisations involved. Although this Compact is not legally binding, the intention is that it should be followed to promote good quality working relationships between voluntary and community sector organisations and statutory organisations across Hertfordshire.

To date nearly 40 organisations have officially signed up. If your organisation wishes to sign up’ to the Compact and officially adopt the obligations, please follow these guidelines.

If your organisation is a business or other profit-making organisation you are not able to sign up to the Hertfordshire Compact however we would welcome your support as a Friend of Compact. Please follow the same guidelines above to demonstrate commitment to the principles and you will be invited to participate in Compact events.

If you require any further information about the Hertfordshire Compact or to see it in a different format please contact the Partnership Group. via corporate.policyteam@hertfordshire.gov.uk