Accredited for our innovative approach to diversity
We are proud to announce that we have been awarded Housing Diversity Network Accreditation for Excellence in Equality and Diversity.
After signing an Equality and Diversity pledge last year as part of the Together Housing Group, we were recognised for making exceptional progress with our innovative approach to practicing Equality and Diversity.
The Housing Diversity Network awarded Pendleton Together with two distinctions: one for our unique and effective E&D training and one for the appointment of a board member as our E&D champion, which has allowed us to make major improvements to our practices.
The process of accreditation involves an assessment spanning over a number of days, with extremely thorough testing of policies and procedures, as well as interviews with staff, board members, partners and tenants. The award has recognised Pendleton Together for the practices we has put into place for diversity and inclusion, as well as the improvements we strive to make.
Housing Diversity Network Chief Executive Raj Patel said: “We were pleased to find improved leadership and understanding of gaps in equalities work and a greater appreciation of the importance of shaping more diverse services, more active governance of equality matters and processes which provide the building blocks to embed equality.
“We were particularly impressed with how training is being used to welcome challenge in the way in which actions on diversity are suggested by staff and teams. We believe other organisations can learn from this approach to staff development.
“We also welcome the appointment of a Board Champion on equalities and the speedy impact this has had on building a bridge between the Equality Strategy and operations.”
Michelle Park, our Board Diversity Champion, said: “We are delighted that our commitment to embracing diversity and promoting equality of opportunity throughout our business and among our customers and the wider community has been recognised.”