Improving diversity, equality and inclusion is key to achieving our ambition of improving trust in our sector. It also goes to the heart of who we are as organisations and what we stand for as a sector. Housing associations are driven by strong social values, but there is more that we can and should be doing to ensure our leadership is diverse, and that our workplaces embrace equality.
There is already some great practice, but there is a lot more we can do by learning from each other. The Federation wants to support our sector to be the best we can be when it comes to employing a diverse workforce, having a diverse cohort of leaders, and ensuring our members are able to understand and tackle inequality.
We’ve set up a group with our members to drive a shift in culture in delivering inclusive workplaces. The group will co-create a programme of work with the Federation, which will help to show leadership when it comes to diversity in our sector. As a starting point, we want to establish a common understanding of the challenges facing the sector in addressing inequalities, and we hope to commission some research to do this soon.