BHP proud to receive Leaders in Diversity Award
Published by Nadia Khan for Brent Housing Partnership in Housing and also in Communities
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Brent Housing Partnership (BHP), the organisation that manages 12,500 Brent Council properties, has been commended for its approach to equality and diversity.
BHP received the highly respected Leaders in Diversity award this month. BHP has been working towards achieving this since last year after being awarded the Investors in Diversity (IiD) standard in May 2013. This is a huge achievement for the housing provider, making it one of a few ALMOs to achieve this prestigious standard.
The Leaders in Diversity assessment process has demonstrated BHP’s practical commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) from its Board through to its management team and staff. The assessment process identified that BHP is committed to continuous improvement; that BHP has built EDI into both long term strategic plans and shorter term goals and projects; and has effectively communicated the outcomes of its Leaders in Diversity journey to tenants and staff at all levels.
Other key findings from the assessment included:
- Over 85% of staff said BHP has equality and diversity policies that are in place, understood and followed
- Over 80% of staff said BHP has given them the time and opportunity to find out more about diversity and improve their awareness of EDI related topics
- BHP has taken EDI training to another level by encouraging its entire staff to complete a Level 2 NVQ qualification in Equality and Diversity
- BHP has demonstrated that staff at all levels understand their contribution to good EDI outcomes
- Almost 90% of tenants surveyed said BHP accept people whatever their background
- Many of the active residents understand their role and provide important feedback and input to the organisation
- The organisation demonstrates that EDI is well embedded in the culture of the organisation at all levels and in its engagement with its tenants and residents
Joanne Drew, Chair of BHP said: "We are very pleased to have received the Leaders in Diversity award. We take EDI very seriously which is why we lead this at Board level. BHP works in one of the most diverse boroughs in London and we are committed to serving our diverse communities and providing a service that is suited to their needs. We are also committed to working with staff and stakeholders to embed EDI values at the core of our organisation and are very proud of our staff team, residents and partners who take this seriously on a daily basis.”
Asari St-Hill, Leaders in Diversity assessor said: “It was a real joy to work with BHP. The lead officer for Equality & Diversity was very focused and responsive. Right across the organisation I saw evidence of BHP’s commitment to EDI issues in its work with residents, Brent Council, contractors and specific groups like the residents’ Disability Forum. I heard from a number of residents first hand how they are involved in decisions and how BHP has responded to their EDI issues. Overall, BHP deserves its status as Leaders in Diversity.”
Jeanette Ahearne, a BHP resident from Kilburn, has been involved with BHP in applying for the Leaders in Diversity status. She said: “Achieving the Leaders in Diversity award has provided an opportunity for BHP to show its commitment to equality and diversity and to work with residents to make a difference for the whole community. It has been an important process which highlights that diversity is crucial to the continuing advancement of the organisation.”
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