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Pendleton Together celebrates National Inclusion Week with conditional Investors in Diversity Award

Pendleton Together has achieved national recognition for demonstrating its commitment to equality and diversity. 


The National Centre for Diversity has conditionally accredited Pendleton Together, the housing association at the centre of the Pendleton regeneration work, with the Investors in Diversity Award. 

 The award is recognised as the national standard to ensure that the FREDIE values of fairness, respect, equality, diversity, inclusion and engagement are at the centre of decision-making in the workplace. 

 The organisation is currently working to achieve the full award after completing a range of actions include the establishment of a steering group who have pledged to shape and transform the organisation for the better and the development of an action plan for equality, diversity and inclusion. 

 In recognition of the work already underway, and the commitment and plans in place to gain the full award, the organisation has received a conditional award. 

 The organisation was awarded Housing Diversity Network Accreditation for Excellence in Equality and Diversity 18 months ago but in a bid to extend their commitment to E&D further, they are keen to be benchmarked against other organisations outside the sector. 

 Julie Blagden, Chair of Pendleton Together’s Investors in Diversity steering group, said: “We have already made huge strides in our commitment to equality and diversity, which we are delighted has been recognised by the National Centre for Diversity. 

 “Working with the National Centre for Diversity allows us to take a structured and planned approach to embedding equality and diversity even further at the heart of what we do. 

 “Working within their framework allows us to progress on our journey to achieving the Investors in Diversity standard, focusing on developing real measurable change in terms of strategy, leadership, recruitment, recognition and positively influencing our supply chain.” 

Solat Chaudhry, Chief Executive of Investors in Diversity, said: “We would like to congratulate Pendleton Together for the hard work they have put into the Investors in Diversity journey so far.  

 “The steering group has shown professional courage, an admirable transparency and a steely determination to improve. 

 “We are confident that there is a tangible commitment to equality, diversity and inclusivity within the organisation and the established momentum is sustainable.”  

 Vanessa Rhodes, Investors in Diversity Advisor, added: “I have witnessed first-hand the steering group’s commitment, knowledge, and passion for Investors in Diversity. 

 “They have responded quickly and are already knowledgeable. It is evident that they care about each other as much as they care about their work. This will sustain them. I know they won’t deviate from the plan now that they are on track and even if COVID 19 continues, it will not deter them.” 


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