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IRC is an NGO registered as a Foundation under Dutch Law. It has an oversight model of governance, consisting of a Supervisory Board and a Chief Executive Officer. The Supervisory Board has a role at some distance from daily operations, while operational responsibility rests with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). IRC is committed to a management model based on participation and joint decision making. A Works Council elected by and representing IRC staff has a legal regulated advisory or approval authority and meets regularly with the CEO.

Improving governance by governments, businesses and NGOs is necessary to deliver on our vision of sustainable water and sanitation services. For IRC transparency and accountability are core values and considered so important that we are sharing all relevant annual financial and other reports on our website.