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Equality, diversity & inclusion

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. 

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. To take a look at this statement and roadmap, please click here.

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. 

  

Awards, accreditation's, awareness and training

  • We hold the  ‘Leaders in Diversity’ Accreditation, awarded by the National Centre for Diversity, after going through a full re-assessment process.
  • We have an events calendar that details all the different celebrations we will recognise though the year. Despite restrictions, these have still taken place. Keep an eye out on our website and social media to get involved in these.
  • All our Board Members and colleagues take part in mandatory EDI training and unconscious bias training has been provided to Board Members, managers and Community Voice (our recognised tenant body).
  • The National Centre for Diversity announced us as 33rd in their list of ‘Top 100 Most Inclusive Workplaces’ out of 300 plus organisations in May this year, and shortlisted our EDI group for an award.
  • We successfully maintained our Disability Confident Accreditation, which recognises us as leaders in the community, thinking differently and taking action to improve how we recruit, retain and develop disabled people.
  • 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.
  • We've signed the Armed Forces Covenant to recognise the value serving personnel, veterans and military families bring to local communities. This is a promise to ensure that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly.

Get involved and make a difference

We have an EDI group, made up of colleagues, tenants and partners. They aim to raise awareness, push forward activities, embed EDI across the organisation, challenge behaviours and provide recommendations. Meetings are held regularly so that issues can be discussed. So, if you'd like to get involved and make a difference, get in touch with us. The meeting papers, minutes and progress against our EDI action plan from each meeting so far in 2021 is available below: