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.
This brand new tool developed by the NHF enables housing associations to compare workforces to the communities they serve. By supporting the sector to better understand the diverse characteristics of their residents, and how their workforces compare to them, we are ensuring the sector forms a solid foundation for ensuring sector leadership is diverse, and that housing association workplaces embrace equality.
As a starting point, in Autumn 2020 we launched our full report on equality, diversity and inclusion in housing association staff in England which has been created to help housing providers understand where we currently are as a sector and start a conversation on where we’d like to get to.
Equality, diversity and inclusion is vital within our sector, the communities we serve and the people who work in our organisations.
Over the last few years we have seen some fantastic examples of how housing associations are creating initiatives and assessing their internal practices to make sure they are being as inclusive as possible.
We recently hosted a webinar on the launch of our equality, diversity and inclusion report with guest speakers and a Q&A with members about this piece of work and how you can take it forward in your organisation.
You are able to access the recording of it now.Watch here
Following the launch of the above report, we ran seven meetings around the country, bringing together sector leaders who are committed to making change happen to improve equality, diversity and inclusion in our workplaces.
We want to create more opportunities for housing association leaders to share best practice and learn from one another.
If you want to be part of the next round of meetings, please get in touch with Bethan Buck.
Bunmi Atta, Director of Construction at Optivo and a member of the NHF's EDI in Housing group
Claire Abji, Learning and Organisational Development at Catalyst Housing and member of the our EDI in Housing group
Kate Henderson, Chief Executive of the National Housing Federation