A new data tool to help members measure equality, diversity and inclusion within their workforces has been launched by the National Housing Federation (NHF). This is the next stage of the NHF’s equality, diversity and inclusion work that launched last year to address the lack of diversity in the sector.
The tool will allow Social landlords to input nine characteristics of their workforce, including race, gender identity and religion and compare it to the characteristics of the populations in their stock locations. In turn, this will allow housing associations to ensure their staff reflect their communities, the NHF said.
In November, the NHF published a report that found that the sector’s commitment to improving diversity, equality and inclusion has been ‘piecemeal or time-limited’ and they have asked its members to open with their data to provide a sector-wide picture of the diversity of workforces.
“This tool is a critical next step in ensuring that the NHF’s equality, diversity and inclusion work instigates real change and helps housing associations truly represent their communities.
Our members are committed to reflecting the diversity of the communities in which they operate. But until now, the sector hasn’t had the tools to truly understand how representative social housing landlords really are. Now, housing associations will be able to use this data tool to see clearly where they are not representative and make targeted plans to address any shortcomings.
“This will certainly require our sector to have a very honest conversation with itself, but this is a great opportunity for us to show leadership and demonstrate our commitment to creating a workforce that reflects the communities we serve. I would urge all housing associations to make the most of it.” – Kate Henderson, Chief Executive, NFH