Equality, Diversity and Inclusion


We recognise that there are many barriers to achieving true equality of opportunity, ranging from overt prejudice in favour of, or against, particular groups or individuals to unwitting ignorance of different lifestyles and needs. On whatever level it exists, discrimination is neither acceptable nor tolerable. Our commitment therefore is to ensure that everybody is treated equally and has equal opportunity to receive the services and employment opportunities we offer.

Our EDI Principles

Sovereign wants to be an open, inclusive and diverse organisation and these ten principles guide our work:

  1. Everyone has a right to be treated with dignity, fairness and respect
  2. Valuing the diversity and talents of all individuals
  3. Supporting, developing and empowering people to succeed
  4. Understanding the diverse needs of our residents and communities
  5. Promoting equality of opportunity in employment and service provision
  6. Delivering appropriate, accessible and flexible services
  7. Creating a diverse workforce and inclusive workplaces
  8. Being tolerant, understanding and not judging others or their lifestyle choices
  9. Challenging prejudice, discrimination and harassment
  10. Promoting equality, diversity and inclusion with our residents, communities, partners, stakeholders and our supply chain


Equality legislation

As an employer and housing provider, we seek to ensure that people have equal access to services and employment opportunities.

As a social housing provider, we have certain responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010 to promote equality of opportunity. The Equality Act 2010 makes discrimination unlawful in relation to nine ‘protected characteristics'.

Age Disability Gender
Religion / Belief Race Gender Re-assignment
(Civil / Same Sex)
Sexual Orientation Pregnancy / Maternity


Equality Duty

The Public Sector Equality Duty requires Housing Associations delivering public services to give ‘due regard’ to the need:

  • To eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation
  • To advance equality of opportunity
  • To foster good relations (tackling prejudice and promoting understanding)

Sovereign is not a public body but is required to comply with the duty in the provision, allocation and management of social housing.


Regulatory requirement

Our Policy meets the requirement of the regulatory framework which requires registered housing providers to respond to the needs of diverse residents.

Registered providers are required to treat all residents and tenants with fairness and respect including protected characteristics and those with additional support needs.


Where can I find out more about equality and diversity?

There is lots of reference material available on the Internet but for more information on Sovereign’s approach to equality and diversity please contact us

  • Spectrum House, Grange Road,
    Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 4GE
  • 0300 777 7837
  • contact@sovereign.org.uk
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