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Data Research & Academia steering Group


Find out more about the Data Research & Academia Steering Group below.


RED Foundation Data Research & Academia Steering Group





Are these Data Ethics standards?

No. These are not standards, they are simply 6 principles that we believe all companies working in the real estate sector should work towards. They will not solve all of the problems, but are a good first step to build the ethical use of data into your thinking at either a building or business level.

What does signing up to support these mean?

Real Estate hasn't always been good at getting on the front foot with big challenges that have emerged, we are trying to change that when it comes to data ethics. Companies and organisations supporting these principles simply shows that they recognise that the ethical use of data is and will become increasingly important and that they will try to build the principles into their thinking. How they do that is up to them.

Do you vet the companies that sign up to support?

No. Signing up to support the principles is simply a public declaration. It is open to all companies and organisations and the requirement to sign up a is nothing more than wanting to make a public declaration that data ethics are important and that the principles will be built into day to day thinking. We ask companies to declare their support for three primary reasons: - Firstly to encourage them to build the principles into their thinking. - Secondly to show that the sector is on the front foot with this important and growing topic - To encourage other companies and organisations to also sign up and support them

Do members of the Industry bodies that support the RED Foundation have to work towards these?

No. The organisations that support the Real Estate Data Foundation recognise that the role of data is important and in some situations there are benefits from having a cross sector space to address challenges that do, or will exist. Data Ethics is one of these challenges, and whilst supporting organisations are asked to promote the topic and the principles to their members so that they are aware of it, how they choose to build this in to their membership or standards, if at all, is entirely up to them. There is no explicit or implicit suggestion that members of those organisations do or must work towards them.

What happens if I don't follow these principles?

The RED Foundation does not specify how the principles should be worked towards or adopted, nor do we carry out any checks on companies that they do / will build them into their thinking and there is no penalty if they do not. Building the principles into a business's thinking does not necessarily mean that they deal with everything ethically as it is a much larger and complex subject than the principles alone. There is potential reputational damage to companies who suggest that they are working towards the principles but are clearly not. Data ethics is often not considered, so arguably this would be more damaging than not supporting in the first place as they are acknowledging that they understand it is an issue. The RED Foundation does reserve the right to restrict companies from signing up or promoting that they are signed up if approproiate, but this is not our intention.

Why have you joined the IESC (International Ethics Standards Coalition)

We are specifically interested in Data Ethics, but we see this as really the application of more general ethical behaviour to data. We want to promote the principles of the IESC to all organisations and make sure that the thinking is extended to the data agenda.

If I sign up to the data ethical principles, does that mean I have all areas of data ethics covered?

No, absolutely not. Data ethics is a large, complex and subjective topic that is changing all the time and supporting the principles does not mean that everything is covered. However, the principles do help comapnies to take the first step in the right direction. Signing up to support the data ethics principles is simply a public declaration that the organisation believes data ethics is an important topic and that they will work towards the principles. There is no testing or checking of this by the RED Foundation, it is a declaration that any organisation can make.

Where can I find out more?

You can find more resources in the RED Foundation resource library.

How do we show that we are supporting the data ethical principles?

You are welcome to share this with whoever you want to and a 'badge' for companies to use will be created in the coming weeks.

RED Foundation Data Research & Academia FAQ's