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Diversity, equity and inclusion

Diversity, equity and inclusion is central and imperative for Habitat for Humanity. We believe in a world where everyone — no matter who we are or where we come from — deserves a decent place to live. And we recognize that, to create this world, our work must always break down barriers, bring people of all backgrounds together, and generate equity, respect and lasting change.

In the tradition of the radical inclusivity that infused our birthplace Koinonia Farm, Habitat’s leaders have committed to creating an environment where humility, open communication, dialogue and listening are our standard. As a space where people of all races, all faiths and all backgrounds come together in common cause, we also commit to being actively anti-racist.

“Habitat for Humanity International is fiercely committed to doing the work that brings equity to our efforts and helps bring justice to the communities in which we work.”
— Jonathan Reckford, Habitat for Humanity International CEO

In our dedication to diversity, we celebrate, represent and value the differences of those we work with and serve in communities around the world. In our drive for equity, we create processes and practices that ensure everyone involved gets what they need to achieve greater access and fairness in treatment and outcomes. And in our practice of inclusion, we commit to seeing and hearing all those we work with and serve by including the voices and needs of our diverse workforce, communities and residents to build hope and transform lives.

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Our vision and values

Habitat’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

As we work to fulfill our mission of building homes, communities and hope and putting God’s love into action, we are guided by our core values: humility, courage and accountability.

Habitat’s vision is audacious in its scope. To see a world where everyone has a decent place to live is clearly bigger than any of us at Habitat, and it is bigger than all of us collectively. Being called to something so massive and inspiring is humbling.

Courage coupled with humility allows us to take the necessary risks to live into our mission and move ever closer to our vision. Humility and courage provide the foundation to act wisely.

Holding ourselves and one another accountable from a posture of humility allows us to learn from our mistakes and continually improve our programs, policies and procedures.

Habitat for Humanity International’s diversity statement

All are welcome.

Walls. Our mission is to raise them so a family can find comfort, security, an affordable place to call home.

Walls. Our ethos is to remove them so that all can feel welcome, visible, respected, supported and valued.

Whether on a work site or in the workplace, we are committed to removing the visible and invisible barriers to opportunity and self-expression — barriers that limit a person, a family or an employee from reaching their full potential.

Wherever you find us, we stand tireless in our commitment to foster a culture where diversity, equity and inclusion are core to our thinking, strategies and actions.

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Ethics and safeguarding

Habitat is measured not just by the number of families we serve, but by the integrity and quality with which we serve them.

We respect and safeguard the rights and dignities of all people and protect our staff, volunteers, the families with whom we partner and community members from any form of harm, exploitation or abuse. We treat all individuals fairly.

Read our full ethics covenant and code of conduct and our safeguarding policy.

Our culture

Habitat for Humanity International is committed to building a diverse, inclusive workforce, and that begins with our talent acquisition team. We endeavor to reach diverse audiences for our openings, are committed to having diverse interviewer panels for candidates and work to educate hiring managers about important issues such as unconscious bias and how to conduct fair and equitable interviewing and hiring processes.

On our journey, we have created employee resource groups to encourage employee engagement, provide opportunities for professional development and internal networking, and inform the implementation of our cultural values and diversity, equity and inclusion strategy. These groups provide for the inclusion of diverse ideas and solutions and create opportunities for mentoring and career development. ERG leaders and the Habitat for Humanity International senior leadership team form our diversity, equity and inclusion council, intended to leverage the diversity of the organization to improve organizational performance as a part of our broader diversity, equity and inclusion strategy.

Our commitment

While much has been done, so much more work remains. This will never be a world of equality, of fairness and of human decency that leaves no room for poverty, prejudice or violence, unless we build it.

Making homeownership accessible and affordable for families is a critical component in creating that world. The need for our hands, voices, prayers and active participation is greater than ever.

“Diversity, equity and inclusion is cascaded throughout our organizational strategy and its implementation through the work that we do and the communities we serve. This concept of building the Beloved Community is very well-aligned with the work of equity within a diverse and inclusive context.”
— Natosha Reid Rice, Habitat for Humanity International, vice president, global diversity, equity and inclusion officer

Building the Beloved Community

Habitat is working to create what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called “the Beloved Community” — we will do the work in our practices, our programs and our networks to put equity and justice at the forefront of our efforts and bring that mission to the communities in which we work.

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