Exploring Transparency and Accountability: Regulation of Public-Benefit Foundations in Europe

We are all answerable to someone. Whether that someone is a colleague, friend, spouse, or neighbour it is a fact of life: there is always someone waiting to appraise you. But while this responsibility for our actions is inevitable, the degree of accountability that is demanded often seems to have a direct correlation to the behaviour of the individual in question. For example, an employee who consistently meets deadlines is asked less by their boss to account for how they use their time than the disorganised colleague who is always late. A misbehaving teenager receives more questions from their parents than their angelic sibling does.

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