Open Plan

The Property Week campaign for greater diversity in the property industry.

Business team against skyline

Property’s key values for 2020s

2019-12-06T00:00:00+00:00By Ailish Christian-West

The blend of how we live, work and spend our leisure time continues to change at pace and as we move towards a new decade, this will only accelerate.


Social sustainability is the future

2019-12-06T00:00:00+00:00By Yolande Barnes

Last week, I mentioned to my 14-year-old daughter that I was writing this column.


Why we’re all Sneetches at heart


The Sneetches by Dr Seuss is a parody of prejudice and diversity – both current property sector preoccupations.


What makes a truly great leader?

2019-11-28T00:00:00+00:00By Amanda Clack

Earlier this month, I was recognised as one of the 50 Leading Lights in UK Business for Kindness and Leadership.

Proud to be trans

Property firms urged to create safe space for trans employees


Some firms have policies to support transgender staff but LGBT groups say industry needs to do much more


How to solve the skills gap crisis

2019-11-07T15:01:00+00:00By Mark Allan

To get a glimpse into how we are taking practical steps to bridge the skills gap needed to respond to the UK’s housing needs, you just have to witness the apprentices who have come through a new fast-track scheme that we’re backing expertly laying rows of bricks on one of ...

Pride flag

Later living schemes serve LGBT community


New retirement living schemes are set to serve LGBT community needs.

Diversity Charter

  1. We will monitor diversity in our workplace and provide Property Week with data and information on company policies designed to support a more diverse workforce.
  2. We will share resources, including best-practice guides and case studies, with other signatories via Property Week’s Diversity Charter online portal.
  3. We will strive to appoint senior ‘diversity champions’ within our organisation to act as the main contact with Property Week on matters relating to the charter.
  4. We will provide mentoring to support employees’ career development, both at entry level and mid-career.
  5. We will endeavour to work with at least one state senior school in each town or city in which we operate to promote careers in the built environment to young people from diverse backgrounds.
  6. Where possible, we will offer – and advertise externally – paid internships and apprenticeships.
  7. We will use a blind recruitment process where appropriate to prevent unconscious bias in the shortlisting process.
  8. We will enforce a zero-tolerance policy on homophobia, sexism, ageism and any other form of discrimination and encourage employees to report instances of prejudice to the diversity champions.
  9. We will ensure all our buildings are fully accessible and provide appropriate equipment and support to allow employees with disabilities to play a full role in the workplace.
  10. We will make diversity a key criterion when procuring services from other companies to help ensure the example we set is followed by others.

  11. Sign up to the charter here