A diverse workforce
Equality, diversity and inclusion is part of our DNA at Network Homes. It's important to celebrate what makes us unique and help to educate people about different cultures, genders and more.
We've held panel debates for International Women's Day, film screenings for Pride and World Food celebrations for Black History Month. We analyse our equality and diversity data to see where the issues are so we can put in place initiatives to address the imbalances in our organisation.
What we're doing
HARTbeat Aspire Programme for women
Our HARTbeat Aspire programme supports women in non-management roles to develop their careers. This came out of our gender pay gap report which detailed that we don't have enough women working at senior levels in the business.
Dawn Butler, MP for Brent Central and Shadow Women and Equalities Secretary gave a talk at the Aspire programme. View our short video about it below.
We've committed to adopt the Mayor Of London's Five Point commitment to recruit BAME people:
- Report annually on key diversity statistics
- Set aspirational diversity targets
- Interview more diverse pools of candidates
- Develop the leadership pipeline
- Lead by example.
We're working with other G15 organisations to build a talent pipeline in order to grow our leadership streams.
We've signed up to the Rooney Rule, which means that any BME candidates who meet the minimum criteria for a senior role or any other management roles where we consider there to be an imbalance in genders, will automatically get shortlisted for interview. We've also extended this to include female candidates for senior roles.
HouseProud - Pledge Pioneer
We were one of the first adopters of the Houseproud Pledge, a scheme designed to ensure Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer (LGBTQ+) residents are able to enjoy their homes without fear of discrimination.
We've since gained HousePround Pledge Pioneer accreditation which means we have achieved substantial progress in delivering three core commitments:
- We have formal arrangements in place to consult with LGBTQ+ residents.
- We have visibly promoted our commitment to LGBTQ+ resident inclusivity.
- We have initiated a programme of staff training to improve understanding of LGBTQ+ resident lives.
A Disability Confident Employer
Network Homes has signed up to the Government's Diability Confident scheme which supports employers to make the most of the talents disabled people can bring to the workplace.
The scheme allows Network to tap into a huge pool of talent amongst disabled people with being able to recruit and retain and develop people with the skills we need.
Other benefits include:
- Increasing our own understanding of disability and how to make the most of opportunities provided by employing disabled people.
- Removing barriers that might be preventing disabled people and those with long term health conditions from accessing employment with us.
- Being able to play our part in ensuring disabled people have opportunities to fulfil their own potential and realise their own aspirations.
Network Homes recognise and celebrate our colleagues’ identities. We are a community built on an ethos of equality and respect where hair texture and style have no bearing on an employee's ability to succeed.
Halo Hair Code
We've adopted The Halo Code, the UK's first Black hair code. No black or mixed heritage employee with afro-textured hair should have to change their natural or protective hairstyle in order to thrive at work.
Network champions the right of our colleagues to embrace all Afro-hairstyles. We acknowledge that Afro-textured hair is an important part of our Black employees’ racial, ethnic, cultural, and religious identities, and requires specific styling for hair health and maintenance. We celebrate Afro-textured hair worn in all styles including, but not limited to, afros, locs, twists, braids, cornrows, fades, hair straightened through the application of heat or chemicals, weaves, wigs, headscarves, and wraps.
What our staff say
I'm on the HARTbeat Aspire course which has really helped me identify my career goals. As a woman from a black and minority background working in a male dominated industry, it's been great to interact with women on a similar journey to myself.”Taranjit Sandhar, Construction Project Manager