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A diverse workforce

Our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion

At Optivo our aim is to have a diverse and inclusive workforce where people are respected for who they are. We embrace cultural diversity in the workplace and value the strengths it brings us as an organisation. We know employees who can be themselves at work will be happier and more productive.

We’re proud to have signed up to the ‘10 by 2020’ challenges set out by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH). This is challenging the housing sector to improve its record on leadership and diversity by 2020. You can read more about this on the CIH website

Support for staff

Our Diversity Development Programme supports staff from under-represented groups to develop their careers. We know successful businesses progress from the widest pool of talent.

We’re continuously working with residents, customers, partners and suppliers to improve equality, diversity and inclusion in regards to:

  • age
  • disability
  • gender reassignment/identity
  • marriage/civil partnership status
  • pregnancy, maternity and paternity
  • race (including colour, ethnicity or national origin)
  • religion or belief
  • sex
  • sexual orientation.

Channels for change

We want to be recognised as sector leaders in our approach to equality, diversity and inclusion. We’re working hard to ensure we bring a diverse range of people forward for interview. How we recruit, engage and progress our staff is connected to a strong, outcome-driven Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) strategy.

Our EDI Group are leading the way and act as a sounding board for our internal and external stakeholders. This group is dedicated to helping everyone at Optivo feel they can be themselves and see their differences as a strength rather than a barrier to success.

We also have support to ensure individuals from protected groups have specific forums for discussion and channels to initiate change.

These currently include:

  • Wellbeing and disability forum (care, long-term mental and physical health, disability, reasonable, workplace adjustments)
  • Women’s networking group
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans people) networking group
  • BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) networking group
  • Pregnancy, maternity and paternity support group
  • Faith support group.

Click here to view our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion statement (TBC)