Open Plan

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

Living Wage Employer

A living wage – a small change for a big social impact

2018-11-30T00:00:00+00:00By Guy Glover

Environmental social governance (ESG) has been one of the major themes of 2018 and it has become such an intrinsic part of an investor’s decision-making criteria that neglecting to give proportionate value to ESG immediately weakens your ability to compete in a highly active market.

Trans Awareness

Transgender awareness: creating a fully inclusive culture

2018-11-26T13:20:00+00:00By Chris Grigg

While the number of ‘awareness’ days/weeks/months can sometimes feel overwhelming, a recent one had a real impact on us.

David partridge

New diversity board for BPF led by VP David Partridge


The British Property Federation (BPF) has formed a new diversity board to “foster a more diverse and inclusive property sector”.

Building site woman

If construction is to deliver it will need more women

2018-10-24T11:01:00+01:00By Roni Savage (chief executive of Jomas Associates)

Roni Savage asks what must be done to boost the industry’s appeal to women.

4 Kingdom Street

Better urban design can boost our mental wellbeing

2018-10-11T04:59:00+01:00By Nigel Webb

Heads Together, the mental health initiative spearheaded by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex, recently launched an initiative aiming to change the way we approach mental health in the workplace.


Real Estate Balance introduces diversity ‘toolkit’


A new ‘toolkit’ has been launched to help promote gender diversity in the property industry.

Liz Hamson

Diversity is about more than slapping ‘fe’ on to ‘male’


As a Cambridge graduate, I was depressed and, frankly, embarrassed at how lowly the university ranked on social diversity in The Sunday Times’ latest Good University Guide – with only Oxford scoring lower.

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