Equality, diversity & inclusion (EDI)

Board statement and EDI roadmap

Our Board members are 100% behind our FREDIE values, and embedding these across our organisation. That’s why they’ve published their own statement and have debated and agreed a set of objectives and priorities that will help us to deliver our aims of equality and address inequalities.

Our Board also understand that we make better decisions and provide clearer leadership as a diverse team with different perspectives, lived experience and skills and accordingly, and are committed to developing diversity here at Ongo.

These objectives and priorities have helped to create a roadmap of where we are and the things we’re already doing, and where we want to be. Statement and roadmap.

Monitoring of our progress against the roadmap has been carried out.

FREDIE profiling information

Every year we collect and report on our tenants, colleagues and Board members’ profiling information. This is to help us to understand whether our workforce and our Board are representative of the communities we serve and to identify the gaps where we need to improve representation. The 2022 profiling information is available here.

We share a gender pay gap report on our website each year. Ensuring all our employees are rewarded fairly and equally for the work they do is important to us, irrespective of gender.

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What FREDIE means to us

Take a look at this video to find out what FREDIE means to our colleagues, customers and members of our communities.

EDI Bubble

Each year we publish our EDI Bubble to celebrate key achievements, look back at what our fantastic EDI steering group has been up to, changes and improvements we’ve made and future plans we have. Within this edition we also look at recruitment and workforce, events and campaigns and opportunities for you to get involved.

We are fully committed to equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI). It is so important to us that everyone has the right to fair and equal treatment, and that we recognise people using our services and those working for us, come from diverse backgrounds.

Everything we do as an organisation recognises the FREDIE principles (fairness, respect, equality, diversity, inclusion and engagement), and we are proud to be represented by tenants, colleagues and stakeholders that believe in and demonstrate this too.

Although there is so much amazing and inspiring work going on to celebrate, educate and understand, we know there is always more that can be done. Read our EDI Policy.

Gender Pay Gap Reports

Each year, we publish information about our gender pay gap. This is the average difference in pay received by the men and women employed by us.

This is different to equal pay, where men and women doing the same job are paid the same. Everyone doing the same job in Ongo receives the same pay and benefits.

The gender pay gap shows the difference in the average pay of all men and women when calculated as a whole.

It takes into account all jobs, at all levels and all salaries.

We work hard to make the gender pay gap as low as it can be, but we recognise in some areas, such as our maintenance and construction roles, it is sometimes more difficult to attract women.

Some of the things we do to reduce the gap include:

  • Benchmarking against other organisations which have a lower gender pay gap to understand how we can learn from them..
  • Targeted recruitment for jobs where women are under represented.
  • Regularly report gender pay gap information to our senior management team and Board.
  • Show our commitment to reducing the gender pay gap in our People Strategy.

Click below to read our annual gender pay gap reports.


Leaders in Diversity

Leaders in Diversity accreditation awarded August 22 (valid until August 24).

The National Centre for Diversity offers several accreditations: the first level being Investors in Diversity. The organisation initially secured this accreditation in March 2014 and from 2016 progressed to the higher level of Leaders in Diversity. Ongo has continued to achieve Leaders in Diversity accreditation since that time. In May 2022 based on our previous accreditation results, The NCFD announced Ongo as position 44 in their list of ‘Top 100 Most Inclusive Workplaces’ out of 300 plus multi-sector organisations.

We have retained our ‘Leaders in Diversity’ accreditation for the third year, after taking part in a full audit and reassessment process.

The accreditation is awarded by the National Centre for Diversity. They were founded in 2005 and work with organisations of all types, to help embed good practices around fairness, respect, equality, diversity, inclusion and engagement (FREDIE).