Tower Hamlets Homes gains Housing Diversity Network Accreditation

    Tower Hamlets Homes gains Housing Diversity Network Accreditation

    Tower Hamlets Homes (THH), the arms’ length management organisation (ALMO) of Tower Hamlets council has achieved the Housing Diversity Network (HDN) DNA accreditation for the second time.  With this accreditation, THH has been awarded with 11 distinctions.

    The accreditation was a comprehensive assessment that looked at how THH deals with equality and diversity (ED&I) against four strands: leadership and strategy, workforce, customers, and community.

    The accreditation concluded that there are clear examples of good practice, particularly around visible leadership, and support for residents and the community during the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Some examples of THH’s work which led to the accreditation include leadership championing ED&I internally and externally, for having a national presence on diversity issues. The accreditation commended how THH supports residents through the Covid-19 pandemic. As well as this, THH have been spotlighted for having positive initiatives such as:

    • ‘Black Lives Matter’ banner for staff emails
    • Using social media to promote Covid-19 testing and vaccinations in community languages
    • An apprenticeship scheme and black, Asian, and minority ethnic targeted recruitment into apprenticeships
    • Charityworks graduate scheme with four out of five of the current trainees from diverse backgrounds
    • HDN mentoring programme and organisational DNA accreditation
    • “Leadership Now” leadership development programme run through external consultants increasing support for aspiring leaders

    Chief Executive of HDN, Mushtaq Khan said:

    “THH has demonstrated great leadership in diversity and recognises the value of diversity. From our assessment THH has a clear commitment to equality and diversity throughout their culture, policies and processes and are using this work with HDN to strengthen and deepen their equality work.”

    Chief Executive of THH, Susmita Sen added:

    “The DNA accreditation is an achievement that all our staff, our board, our partners, and our residents can be proud of and it’s thanks to them that we have achieved it. We will use the recommendations and action plan from HDN to strengthen our work and continue to be leaders in diversity.”×226.png

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