Equality, diversity and inclusion statement

The National Housing Federation’s mission is to support the housing community across the UK through events, networking and knowledge sharing.

Code of conduct

When participating in NHF events, all attendees, speakers, exhibitors, sponsors and volunteers are required to agree with our code of conduct.

Speaker representation

We will research and select speakers that are representative of varying nationalities, sexualities, gender identities, religious affiliations, and economic status as well as people representing other diverse characteristics. Right now we are paying specific attention to improving the gender balance and Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic representation right across our events portfolio. 

Targets on gender and ethnicity, aimed at increasing the diversity of our event speakers, include:

  • 50% of our event speakers will be female.
  • We will have no all-male panels at our conferences and events.
  • 20% of our speakers will be from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups.

Inclusive spaces  

We will conduct a EDI survey prior of any space used to host NHF events to ensure they are suitable to welcome an audience with mobility, visual or hearing requirements, and from any religious affiliation. We are committed to using venues that provide:

Wheelchair access to the building and accessible toilet

  • Hearing loop.
  • Quiet space/prayer room.
  • Catering inclusive of all dietary requirements.

Accessible materials

We endeavor to make any event related written or recorded materials widely accessible. We are committed to delivering content that uses plain English, that is visually accessible, and website and screen reader compatible.

Swapcard, our virtual platform and event app provider, now has an in-built Closed Captioning feature.

Content and presenters

We want our speakers and chairs to be mindful of their audience and be inclusive with their delivery and content. All participants in NHF events are briefed in accordance to the Equality and Human Rights Commission event planning guide to engaging with disabled people.

Sponsor and partner contributions

We align with organisations that champion diversity and look to them to support us in delivering event programmes that are representative of our communities and our members. We will look favourably on sponsors and partners who reflect this by fielding a diverse set of speakers to participate In an event.

Contact us

If you would like to attend an NHF event and need more information about how we can accommodate a specific requirement, please contact the team on the details below.

Who to speak to

Contact our Events team