Equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) is about recognising everyone is different and adapting services for individual needs.
Protected characteristics are things that make people different, including:
It is unlawful to treat anyone different because of these things.
Our vision is to inspire people and build strong communities, so we want our workplaces and communities to be inclusive. At Gentoo, we aim to understand, value and celebrate the things that make us different.
For us, EDI is about social justice, fairness, and valuing and respecting others. It is about promoting equality to help stop discrimination. It is doing the right thing and making a difference, so everyone feels comfortable to be themselves.
We are committed to the principles of equality, diversity and inclusion. Equality ensuring people from all communities have equal opportunities to access services. Diversity is about respecting and valuing people’s differences and treating them in a suitable way. Inclusion is about making sure that people feel comfortable to be themselves.
We recognise our responsibilities in respect of the protected groups specified in the Equality Act 2010.
The Equality Act 2010 includes a public sector equality duty that applies to public bodies. The duty requires public bodies to treat everyone equally and end discrimination.
We are not a designated public body within this act. But because we are a social housing provider, we must follow the public sector equality duty as advised by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
We promote equality of opportunity, so our staff feel comfortable to be themselves.
There are two parts to the duty.
The two parts of the duty are the:
Social housing providers are not subject to the specific duty.
The general duty requires us to:
Equality, diversity and inclusion affect the decision-making processes of our board. It is one of the several factors that we require to be in all board reports.
We require an equality assessment when reviewing or developing our policies. Our equality assessment format is structured around the general duty's requirements.
We will not tolerate discrimination and harassment against our staff and tenants. Equality, diversity and inclusion is embedded in our neighbourhood safety procedures. Dealing with harassment, bullying and hate incidents are a high priority.
We collect protected characteristics data for staff and tenants so we can:
All staff attend mandatory diversity training. The training includes information about:
We also have a range of resources available for staff to increase their awareness and understanding, including:
These equip staff to recognise and challenge discrimination and inappropriate attitudes or behaviour.
We use our influence as a social landlord to promote diversity and inclusion. We communicate positive messages and promote awareness of equality through:
We require our contractors and partners to comply with our equality commitments.
We always recruit the most talented people for any role, regardless of protected characteristics.
We support, respect and value our staff. Our diversity staff network groups help us to achieve this. For information about our groups and inclusion activities, email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like more information about our approach to equality, diversity and inclusion, or would like to tell us about your experiences, fill in the contact form.