Open Plan

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

Open Plan diversity

Let’s make diversity a priority within property recruitment

2021-09-01T09:11:00+01:00By Nina Zeilerbauer

Changes wrought by Covid present unique opportunity to make the industry more inclusive and welcoming

Business people

Kick racism out of property


There was a sickening inevitability to it – so much so that I switched my phone and the TV off as soon as the game ended and I realised what was coming – but I did not think for a second that one of the idiots taking to social media ...


Industry condemns post-Euros final racist tweets


Property industry professionals have condemned racist remarks directed at England footballers after the Euro 2020 final on Sunday.

Working from home

Time to set the bar on equality

2021-05-20T00:00:00+01:00By Lynda Shillaw

We’ll never achieve gender equality in the property industry – or any industry ­– if we don’t ditch outdated gender stereotypes.

Warehouse generic

Government delay for gender pay data reports is a step back


Women in industry express frustration as deadline for publishing figures put back, supposedly due to Covid-19


A future in government property

2021-04-29T00:00:00+01:00By Dr Janet Young

Government property is a brilliant place to work on the biggest, most diverse property portfolio in the UK.

Russell Road pre demolition drone 2 CREDIT Tony Jukes

Q&A: Anchor Hanover head on LGBT scheme


Charles Taylor talks about the firm’s LGBT+ later-living scheme in Manchester

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