Our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion

Pine Court Housing Association are fully committed to Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion. We will promote a positive culture of valuing and celebrating diversity and accepting and including people regardless of their personal characteristics or circumstances. Whoever you are, you can expect to be treated fairly, with respect and free from discrimination. Our work environment will be welcoming, friendly and a place for all our colleagues to thrive in.

Read our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Annual Report for 2021/22.

Our commitment

Here is an overview of how we maintain our inclusive culture:

  • We have developed policies and practices that support diverse groups of people working together
  • We have an established an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Steering Group and Forum
  • We have signed up to the Navajo LGBTQI+ Charter Mark
  • We are an accredited Mindful Employer, recognising our commitment to better mental health at work
  • We are proud to be a Disability Confident Employer
  • Showing our support for national campaigns, including Women in Construction Week, Black History Month and Pride Month.
  • Our Empower campaign raises awareness and provides support on female related topics, including menopause awareness
  • We deliver bespoke diversity training courses to increase awareness
  • Colleagues across the organisation are encouraged to display their chosen pronouns on emails and in our employee app

Read The Sovini Group’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy Statement.

A strategic approach

We have developed a Group-wide Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy that incorporates all Group members and we believe this sends out an important message about how we work collaboratively to achieve what we collectively believe in.

The strategy includes a series of high-level strategic aims as set out below:

  • Provide accessible services free from any barriers, real or perceived, that are available for all groups, are tailored to individual needs and address inequalities
  • Go beyond compliance with all legal and regulatory requirements by developing and adopting best practice
  • Promote good relations between all groups with protected characteristics
  • Maintain and develop strong working culture where there is equality of opportunity for all groups, everyone feels valued / included and diversity is actively encouraged and appreciated
  • Ensure equality, diversity and inclusion are embedded in all business practices and relations, internally / externally and through supply chain management
  • Provide strong leadership and influence to promote equalities issues at the local, regional and national scale
  • Never ignore – where we see discrimination, victimisation, harassment or differential treatment as a result of personal characteristics we take affirmative, corrective action
  • Never stand still and seek year-on-year improvement and innovation

Each year the strategy will be subject to an annual refresh and we will provide a report on the actions we have undertaken (our objectives) to make progress against the high level strategic aims. Read more about the progress we have made.

Update your details

Got a new email address? Changed your phone number? Have a new emergency contact?

It’s important that we have the right personal details on file, should we ever need to contact you.

Please contact us today to update your details.

Protected characteristics

When you speak to a member of our team, we may ask to collect personal details relating to protected characteristics included in The Equality Act 2010.

Protected characteristics include: age, disability, gender identity/expression, marriage/civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity, race, religion/belief, sex (gender) and sexual orientation.

We collect this information so that:

  • we have a true understanding of who our customers are
  • we can tailor and improve our services to suit individual needs
  • everyone is treated fairly and consistently, and no-one is discriminated against
  • everyone feels included
  • we can create a culture of community cohesion enabling people to be their true, authentic selves
  • we can identify who is and isn’t using our services. ensuring there are no real or perceived barriers for anyone
  • we can identify underrepresentation in our communities
  • we remain compliant with legislation
  • we can monitor performance and provide statistical data, where necessary

For more details, please email diversity@sovini.co.uk