Equality and Diversity statement
Equality is about treating individuals fairly, supported by legislation designed to promote equality and eliminate discrimination and harassment. Diversity is about the recognition and valuing of difference for the benefit of the individual and the community. Equality and Diversity are not interchangeable but are interdependent. There is no equality of opportunity if difference is not recognised and valued.
Our strategic objectives are to:
- Put the tenant first by offering positive first response;
- Adopt best practice in good governance to be a well-managed business;
- Be a positive force through leadership and influence to develop potential; and
- Be a partner of choice to create better places to live.
As an employer and landlord we have adopted a Diversity and Inclusion Scheme that recognises unlawful discrimination in relation to the nine Protected Characteristics.
To view further information about the nine characteristics, please click on the links below;
- Gender Re-assignment
- Marriage and Civil Partnership
- Pregnancy and Maternity
- Religion or Belief
- Sexual Orientation
All of the action plans that we had previously will be consolidated into one. This Scheme is a public commitment of how we plan to meet the duties placed upon us by the equality legislation.
Investors in Diversity award
Orwell Housing is committed to creating and developing a truly inclusive and organisational culture in which diversity I genuinely valued. (National Centre for Diversity. May 2012)
In May Orwell became the first Housing Association in the South East to gain the accreditation Investors in Diversity Stage 1. This reflects the hard work that has gone into ensuring that Orwell tenants, staff and service users are treated fairly, with continual attention given to improving access to services and employment for all. The Association will be embarking on the Leaders in Diversity accreditation in the new year.
Equality and Diversity publications
Copies of Orwell's Equality and Diversity publications can be found below: