We are delighted to be one of the founding signatories of the Bristol Property Inclusion Charter, the first city-wide charter of its kind in the UK.
Led by Karl Brown from law firm Clarke Willmott, the Charter aims to create a workforce that is representative of contemporary Bristol by promoting diversity and inclusion in the property sector and working to ensure that people from all backgrounds can access the opportunities it offers. The work of the Charter will be supported by a new body, the Bristol Property Inclusion Commission.
As part of their commitment, each of the Charter’s signatories will strive to achieve seven objectives:
Having a workforce (at all levels and in all parts of the business or organisation located in Bristol) which is reflective of 21st Century Bristol.
Monitoring the progress of the business or organisation in achieving the first objective and making a senior person in the business or organisation responsible for this task.
Reporting to or updating (as appropriate), on an annual basis, the Bristol Property Inclusion Commission on the progress of the business or organisation in achieving the first objective.
Playing a part in trying to raise the aspirations of local potential entrants (particularly young persons from disadvantaged backgrounds or from under-represented parts of the local community) to the property industry and assisting those aspirations through engagement initiatives such as careers talks, CV clinics, work placements, mentoring, working with Bristol City Council’s Stepping Up Programme and/or Bristol Works etc.
Collaborating, where possible, with other local property businesses or organisations to try to achieve a fully-inclusive property industry and profession in Bristol.
Encouraging, where possible, suppliers or contractors to the business or organisation to have as a key objective creating an inclusive workforce.
Promoting Bristol as a place where all hard-working and talented persons can join and progress in the property industry regardless of their background.
Autograph Homes is one of 16 initial signatories to the Charter, joining a group of organisations that includes leading social housing associations, building and property firms, estate agents and architects, as well as the University of West England.
Our involvement in the initiative will be led by Richard Clarke, Head of Land and Planning, who will drive our strategy to meet the Charter’s objectives.
Commenting on the Charter’s launch last week, Simon Taylor, Managing Director of Autograph Homes, said, “Promoting a diverse and inclusive workforce that reflects the city we work in can only make our sector stronger. We are pleased to be able to support such a positive and important initiative, and hope that other cities around the country will follow Bristol’s lead in establishing their own charters of this kind.”