Case Studies
EDI data tool
National Network for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Professionals

Equality, diversity and inclusion

Improving diversity, equality and inclusion is key to achieving our ambition of improving trust in our sector. It also goes to the heart of who we are as organisations and what we stand for as a sector. Housing associations are driven by strong social values, but there is more that we can and should be doing to ensure our leadership is diverse, and that our workplaces embrace equality.

We’re working with our members, through national groups and networks, to drive a shift in culture in delivering inclusive workplaces.


How diverse is the housing association workforce in England?

This report presents the findings of the first ever national picture of EDI within the housing association workforce in England. We have EDI data from 174 organisations, representing 71% of homes owned by housing associations in England.

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Insight Review of housing association staff in England

As a starting point, in Autumn 2020 we launched our full report on equality, diversity and inclusion in housing association staff in England which was created to help housing providers understand where we are as a sector and start a conversation on where we’d like to get to.                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

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EDI data tool

Complete our EDI tool

This tool developed by the NHF enables housing associations to compare workforces to the communities they serve. By supporting the sector to better understand the diverse characteristics of their residents, and how their workforces compare to them, we are ensuring the sector forms a solid foundation for ensuring sector leadership is diverse, and that housing association workplaces embrace equality.

National Groups and Networks

Join our Chief Executive EDI Network

This network is for sector leaders to explore their crucial role in shifting workplace culture to become more inclusive. The meetings are an opportunity to hear from out of sector experts in aspects of the equality and diversity agenda, and to discuss challenges and ideas with sector colleagues.                                                                                                                                                       

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Join our EDI Network for Professionals

We invite member housing association staff who have some responsibility or interest in equality, diversity and inclusion to join this national network. Attendees can expect to hear from out of sector experts and will have the opportunity to speak with other network members to learn from one another, share ideas, and identify opportunities for collaboration.

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Working collaboratively and sharing best practice

Best practice from around the sector

Over the last few years we have seen some fantastic examples of how housing associations are creating initiatives and assessing their internal practices to make sure they are being as inclusive as possible. Our members have shared their lessons with us through case studies.

Celebrating Black History Month

For Black History Month 2021 the NHF used our platform to shine the spotlight on leading black figures in social housing including BMENational members who have excelled in their fields and helped shape our sector today.  

Who to speak to

Bethan Buck, External Affairs Manager