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On 26th March 2021, Hart Gables announced the winners of the 2021 LGBT Alliance Awards during a virtual ceremony on their social media platforms.
North Star are proud to announce that we have been awarded the “Creating LGBT Inclusion and Accessibility in the Workplace” award.
This award was presented due to numerous examples of innovation and policy, that has contributed to greater diversity and equality in sexual orientation and gender identity within the workplace.
North Star values the strength that comes with difference and the positive contribution that diversity brings to staff and tenant communities.
Over the last 18 -24 months North Star has shown commitment to LGBTQ staff and tenants in the following ways:
In conjunction with Hart Gables, we have written a Transitioning in the Workplace policy and have scheduled awareness sessions for staff this year
We have reviewed all policies (including the introduction of sexual harassment and domestic abuse workplace policies). Objectively reviewed by Stonewall. The feedback is that every policy is inclusive and that we are at the forefront of good practice
We distribute an anonymous staff demographics questionnaire, which was objectively critiqued by Hart Gables and Stonewall to ensure that the questions were inclusive and that we used the correct terminology, because words matter! We use this data to better inform us of organisational requirements to ensure that we remain an inclusive employer.
In conjunction with Hart Gables we have delivered LGBTQ awareness sessions to all staff, Board members and involved tenants
It really was an excellent session Jack and Kay @HartGables thank you!
North Star Board Member tweet after attending the LGBT awareness session
Just had the most engaging and enlightening #LGBT awareness session @NorthStarHG superbly delivered by Andy and Jack @HartGables. Some of the best conversations, let alone training, I’ve had in eons TY both
Executive Director of Customers tweet after attending the LGBT awareness session
I really enjoy being part of the Inclusion Group. It’s great to work with a group of like minded people and I can see how much change North Star has implemented over the last couple of years. The lanyards have been an all round hit and really show that staff do support the LGBT community. When we are recognised for the great work North Star does as an inclusive employer it really is fantastic!
Inclusion Group member
It’s lovely to see a social landlord getting involved in this type of event – I will look out for houses with you coming up in the future
Durham Pride attendee
I’ve felt people have felt that they can be more open about their sexuality since I’ve been wearing it
Staff member view on North Star lanyard