Our commitment to diversity

We are a diverse organisation. Diversity, for us, is about respecting the physical and cultural differences of all of our residents and employees, recognising the positive contribution that diversity brings and ensuring that all people who come into contact with Origin experience the same high standards of behaviour and service. 

We believe that equality and fairness are the hallmarks of a modern, decent organisation within a society that offers opportunity and draws on the talents of all. We are committed to valuing people as individuals, to promoting diversity and inclusion and to tackling the root causes of inequality and unfair discrimination.

We're supporting the initiative from the National Housing Federation with their goal of improving diversity, equality and inclusion with the belief this is key to achieving our ambition of improving trust in our sector. It also goes to the heart of who we are as housing associations and what we stand for as a sector. 

We:

  • Believe each person should be treated uniquely as an individual and with respect 
  • Believe in treating people equitably and fairly 
  • Welcome people who are committed to our approach to diversity and inclusion into our organisation 
  • Understand that effective equality, diversity and inclusion policies are a key to the success of the organisation 
  • Will commit to practical action which brings our principles to life​​​​​​​.
In response to the Black Lives Matter movement, we:
 
  • Set up a Black Lives Matter group forum so that staff can share resources and reading on the Black Lives Matter movement and anti-racism more broadly.
  • Formed the Diverse Origin Professionals Network (DOP Network), which include staff from black and ethnic minorities who meet once a month. Broadly, the aims of the network are to play a key role in:
    • Advocating for strategic and systemic changes that contribute in making Origin a more progressive, diverse and inclusive organisation
    • Empowering members with supportive tools, events, initiatives and networks to inspire them to inclusively reach their professional potential
  • Held listening sessions run by the chair of the Diverse Origin Professionals Network (DOP Network) with attendance by an Executive Director. Employees could share their personal and professional lived experiences, ask questions and make suggestions for a more progressive workplace.  Our longer term goals are to broaden these conversations to help address other inequalities ensuring there is a clear link to our Equality and Diversity Strategy.

We have also:
 
  • Launched our Executive Director led mentoring aimed at a diverse staff talent pool in November 2020.
  • Launched our strategy on Diversity, Equality and Inclusion
  • Committed to monitoring diversity representation at Senior Management, Executive Director and Board Level
  • Throughout the calendar year we celebrate diversity events, including Black History Month and Pride.
We are a Disability Confident employer, which means we are positive about disabled people and have made commitments to employ, retain and develop the abilities of disabled staff.

During Summer 2019 we were proud to be the first Housing Association to take part in the “Change 100” programme with Leonard Cheshire, offering four summer internships to students and graduates living with a disability, and arranging training for our managers to raise their awareness of supporting employees with a disability.