Inclusive and Innovative THH scoops Diversity Award

Posted on Thursday 7th January 2016

Tower Hamlets Homes has become only the second ALMO nationally to be awarded a Diversity Network Accreditation (DNA) - for its excellent practice in delivering equality and diversity.

THH received the prestigious award from the Housing Diversity Network (HDN) – in recognition of its work to provide accessible, inclusive and fair service for all.

As part of a detailed assessment HDN reviewed how well THH promotes, monitors and evaluates equality and diversity within the organisation.  There were also site visits and one-to-one interviews with staff, residents and partners of THH. The HDN assessors said: ‘THH has a lot of exemplary work going on, and have shown great innovation and leadership on equality and diversity’.

THH is an Arm's Length Management Organisation - a not-for-profit company set up to deliver high quality housing services for residents living in 21,000 Tower Hamlets Council homes. The organisation was also ranked second in Stonewall’s 2015 index of best places to work.

Clifton Robinson, Chief Executive of the Housing Diversity Network, said: “Given my role as one of the judges in the equalities and diversity category of the TPAS Annual Awards (which THH has won consistently in recent years) their outstanding performance in receiving our Diversity Network Accreditation comes as no surprise. This latest success of Tower Hamlet Homes will, I hope, demonstrate to the rest of the sector that notwithstanding the very real challenges currently faced by organisations that equality, diversity and inclusion does not need to be compromised”.

Ann Lucas: Chair of the THH Board, said: “Tower Hamlets is an incredibly diverse borough and I’m very proud that THH has been recognised as an  organisation which treats its residents, its staff and its partners fairly.”

Susmita Sen, THH Chief Executive, said: “This means a lot to us, particularly as we are only the second ALMO nationally to ever receive this award. We will build on this by continuing our energetic commitment to diversity and inclusion.”


 

Note: The Housing Diversity Network (HDN) is a social enterprise, not-for-profit, limited company working mainly within the social housing sector across England to promote equality, diversity and inclusion.

published: 070116

Posted on Thursday 7th January 2016