Corporate governance comprises the systems and procedures by which enterprises are directed and managed. State bodies must serve the interests of the taxpayer, pursue value for money in their endeavours (including managing risk appropriately), and act transparently as public entities. Bord Bia is committed to maintaining the highest standards of Corporate Governance and Best Practice
Bord Bia was established under An Bord Bia Act 1994 and operates in accordance with the provisions of the Bord Bia Acts and Amendment Acts 1994, 1995, 1996 & 2004 and under the aegis of the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine. The functions of the Board shall be to promote, assist and develop in any manner which the Board considers necessary or desirable the marketing of Irish food and livestock and the production, marketing and consumption of horticultural product.
The Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies provides a framework for the application of best practice in corporate governance by both commercial and non-commercial State bodies. For the purposes of applying the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies, Bord Bia is regarded as a non-commercial State Body. The provisions of the Code do not override existing statutory requirements and other obligations imposed by the Companies Acts, Ethics legislation, Standards in Public Office legislation, the specific statutory provisions relating to the State body itself and any other relevant legislation (e.g. equality legislation, employment legislation).
The Freedom of Information Act 2014 requires Freedom of Information (FOI) bodies such as Bord Bia to publish a disclosure log, which contains details of the types of requests received under FOI since January 2015 and the decisions made by the body in response to those requests.
The following types of records are held by Bord Bia: Financial, accounting and procurement records and information. Human Resources, including administration, personnel files, policies and procedures, recruitment, training and development, performance management, etc.
Headquartered in Dublin, Bord Bia also has an international network of offices in Amsterdam, Dubai, Dusseldorf, London, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, New York, Paris, Shanghai, Singapore, Stockholm and Warsaw.
Section 8 of the Freedom of Information Act 2014 requires FOI bodies to prepare and publish a scheme concerning the publication of information by the body in conformity with a model publication scheme or guidelines made by the Minister.