With diversity and inclusion an integral part to the way we operate at Accent, we are delighted to have contributed to the Yorkshire and Humberside Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Baseline Survey Report, the first of its kind in the Yorkshire & Humber Region.

By working together with 21 other housing associations and in collaboration with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, we value what the report will offer in terms of helping us understand where we are all doing well and importantly, enabling us to identify and develop in areas where there is still work to do. Whilst we may be at different stages along the same journey, a collective mindset and the sharing of good practice will prove invaluable to us all.

Based on the survey results and benchmarking data, the Yorkshire and Humberside Chief Executive Forum have developed five recommendations to improve equality, diversity, and inclusion across the sector. At Accent we are encouraged to learn that our own ‘Publicly Visible Commitments’, published in August 2021, are themselves already aligned with these recommendations. Not designed to be quick wins, these illustrate our plan to become a more diverse and inclusive organisation over the next few years and will help us remain focused on best serving our colleagues, our customers and our wider community.

Paul Dolan is delighted we are involved. “This report sets out a real challenge for each organisation that has participated in its drafting," he says. "It provides only a baseline position, a starting point for all of us to commit to clear and sustainable improvements in Diversity and Inclusion. The commitment and learning gained so far provides an opportunity to ensure EDI becomes an integral part of organisational culture.” 

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