Co-Ownership Housing achieves CORE

Leading the way in Corporate Responsibility

Co-Ownership Housing has achieved the highest standard of Corporate Social Responsibility in Northern Ireland – CORE, accredited by Business in the Community (BITCNI). Co-Ownership Housing is also the first not-for-profit organisation and the first housing association to achieve this prestigious accolade for responsible business.
“As a local employer, we have been working across communities in Northern Ireland for 38 years and so far have helped over 26,000 households to purchase affordable homes of their choice through shared ownership,” said Sid McDowell, chair, Co-Ownership Housing. “Over 8,000 homes across Northern Ireland are currently Co-Ownership homes. This couldn’t have been done without our staff to date and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them, our customers and our wider stakeholders.”

CORE is based on BITCNI’s Corporate Responsibility (CR) model. It involves a thorough analysis and independent verification of CR activity and requires evidence of strong procedures that drive performance forward in key areas of People, Planet and Place. An additional three essential requirements that businesses must consider in order to be truly responsible are Marketplace Responsibility, Stakeholder Engagement and Responsible Leadership.
“We are delighted to have achieved CORE,” said Mark Graham, acting chief executive, Co-Ownership Housing. “We value our people and attribute their work to the success of our unique product. Achieving CORE reflects greatly on the combined working efforts of our staff, management and board to ensure that our business operates daily at the highest possible standard and importantly, that we hold our customers central in everything we do. We are committed to continuing to demonstrate innovation, creativity and high standards of responsible business across our organisation.”

“We would like to congratulate Co-Ownership on achieving CORE,” said Kieran Harding, managing director, Business in the Community. “It’s a huge achievement and testament to the efforts the organisation goes to in order to be a responsible employer. Its achievement is even more commendable when we consider the relatively small size of the business and the strict parameters within which it must work. We’re looking forward to continuing to support the brilliant work of this organisation in the years ahead.”

“This is a great achievement and I commend the efforts of Co-Ownership in meeting the CORE standard,” said Jennie Donald, deputy chief executive, Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations (NIFHA). “The ethos and principles of CORE are those we would promote across the housing association sector and Co-Ownership’s achievement of the standard is a huge credit to the organisation. I’d like to congratulate the board and staff team on this success and I know that they will build on this strong outcome to continue making a positive impact for people in Northern Ireland.”

As one of only 23 companies that achieved CORE since it began, it places Co-Ownership as a pioneering organisation in Northern Ireland and in the housing sector. Each company that achieves CORE receives a detailed benchmark and a tailored analysis of its CR activities, giving it the chance to gain a better understanding of its strengths and weaknesses and ultimately, providing it with a baseline from which it can plan next steps and further improvements. For more information on Co-Ownership Housing, please visit