We're reaffirming our commitment to creating places to live and work where everyone feels genuinely welcomed by taking part in this year’s National Inclusion Week.
National Inclusion Week, which runs this year from 27th September to 3rd October, was created by Inclusive Employers who organise the campaign each year. The week aims to raise awareness of inclusion in the workplace. Now in its ninth year, the 2021 theme for National Inclusion Week is “United For Inclusion”. It is about bringing people and organisations together to share learning and best practice to make inclusion an everyday reality.
As a mutual housing society, co-owned by tenants and employees from across Rochdale Borough, we know the importance of leading by example on inclusion. We were the first full member of the Greater Manchester Good Employment Charter from Rochdale Borough, and the first housing association in the UK to receive Disability Confident Leader status. Earlier this year, we took another pioneering step towards inclusion by publishing our ethnicity pay gap alongside our gender pay gap figures.
Last year over 2000 organisations took part in National Inclusion Week and the combined activities connected with over 16 million people using the social media hashtag – this year the message will be #UnitedForInclusion.
As part of the activity planned for National Inclusion Week, we are preparing for the launch of our very own BAME employee network group. A range of events are planned to enable our employees and tenants to come together to demonstrate our combined commitment to inclusion.