The Board Charter: Committed to Community Investment

The Board Charter was launched by the Centre for Excellence in Community Investment on 26 September 2019. 

The Charter contains nine pledges that we’re asking housing associations to discuss and adopt at a Board level. 

Your time is now

Community investment has been part of social housing for decades. In recent years, it’s been under considerable financial pressure. Now, more than ever, we need to commit to community investment so that we can deliver on our social purpose. We are and can be more than just landlords, investing in our residents and communities to enable them to thrive.

Many housing providers are already driving forward the community investment agenda. There is now an opportunity for us to speak more effectively and collectively, formalising our long-term commitments and ensuring our social purpose is embedded in our business.

Your role as anchor institutions has never been more important. So, how are you going to make a difference in your communities? And how can you demonstrate your commitment to your social purpose?

We are asking social housing providers to take two steps:

  • First, to tell us you support and want to adopt the Board Charter.
  • Second, for your Board to formally sign and adopt the Board Charter. We will then award you the Charter Mark.

We’re sure you’ll have some questions about the Charter and have answered some of those on our FAQs page. If you have any more, please contact us.

We’ve also prepared some sample Board papers that explain why the Charter is important, the benefits of adopting the Charter, and what you need to do to sign up. Please feel free to download them and adapt them for your own use. 

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