Housing sector boasts equality and diversity
Organisations in social housing and the public sector are leading the way in implementing equality and diversity initiatives in the workplace.
That's according to two thirds of HR professionals in the not-for-profit sector who responded to a survey by recruitment and networking resource forum3.
We're not surprised by the findings of this survey, said a spokesperson for the National Housing Federation, a trade body for housing associations. There are new equality and diversity schemes sector-wide in housing. For example, we've set one up called Leadership 2010 which aims to help women and ethnic minorities achieve more senior positions within the housing sector.
Housing is finally being recognised as a crucial part of healthy public services which makes it an exciting and vibrant place to work.
Disappointingly for ethical job seekers, three quarters of HR professionals felt that many organisations merely paid lip service to equality and diversity initiatives and didn't deliver on their promises.
These findings follow another forum3 study into Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). The research found that a massive 96% of employees in the not-for-profit and commercial sectors would be more likely to accept a job from an organisation which has a proactive CSR policy.
Director of forum3 Debbie Hockham said: This study leaves little doubt that CSR has become a fundamental issue for candidates considering a career move. It's clear that organisations need to move beyond lip service and implement genuine CSR programmes in order to help to recruit and retain the best talent.
The National Housing Federation