Once you have got buy-in from the senior team, it is essential to give strategic direction from the top and that means showing at all organisation levels that diversity is a business priority.  Start by following these key steps:

  1. Develop a clear diversity policy at board level.
  2. Communicate the policy in the Business Plan.
  3. Appoint a senior executive (ideally from a business area, not a supporting function) to be responsible for delivering gender balance.
  4. Apply the Real Estate Balance Ten Point Project Plan.
  5. Sign up to Real Estate Balance’s CEO Commitments.
  6. Sign up to the RICS Inclusive Employer Quality Mark.
  7. Be accountable and report publicly on progress.
  8. Consider linking executive pay to delivery of diversity objectives.