Open Plan

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

Women at work

Take responsibility for diversity

2019-06-19T23:00:00+01:00By Mandy St John Davey

Liz Hamson’s leader (‘It’s not about us, it’s about you’) resonated with us at Women in Property. She said: “We will endeavour to make our editorial content as diverse as possible… but I will not and cannot manufacture diversity.” How right she is.

Diversity inclusion hands

Effecting change in industry is our job

2019-06-12T13:20:00+01:00By Vivienne King

Editor: Your leader last week responding to a complaint about the lack of gender diversity in the magazine made for difficult reading. And that’s because you are completely right – property has a diversity problem and the responsibility lies with us, your readers, not you.


Institutions must help drive diversity

2019-05-29T15:14:00+01:00By Kate Hammar

Editor: Shareholder activism has swept across public markets in recent years with regular rebellions over pay, environmental concerns, diversity and social factors all becoming commonplace (‘Shareholders stage AGM revolts against REITs’ executive pay plans’).

Diversity inclusion hands

Daejan Holdings claims it is being “bullied” to put a woman on the board


Britain’s last large listed company with no women on its board says it is being “bullied” by the boss of a government-backed diversity drive to appoint a female to the top table, according to the Mail on Sunday.

Mandy St John Davey National Chairman Women in Property 2019

Q&A: Women in Property’s new chair on the year ahead


Mandy St John Davey wants to do more work with schools and businesses to tackle gender imbalance


CBRE and RICS to launch diversity and inclusion book at Mipim


CBRE and RICS will launch a book about advancing diversity in the real estate sector at this year’s Mipim.

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We must all embrace diversity

2019-02-28T00:00:00+00:00By Amanda Clack

The book I co-authored with Judith Gabler entitled Managing Diversity and Inclusion in Real Estate and Construction came out a week ago and is intended to move the dial on diversity and inclusion (D&I) for the sector by empowering everyone that reads it; from chief executive to graduate and apprentice.

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