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        Corporate Responsibility

        Corporate Responsibility means a lot to us. Being committed to innovation and excellence goes far beyond our business and legal work and means standing up for the things we believe in.

        We’re determined to create and maintain a business that is a force for good, through diversity and inclusivity. We employ the best people - working together to generate value for our business, a great experience for our clients and a great place to work for our people.

        We run a number of initiatives which shows our commitment including: 

        5 STAR Futures

        No young person should feel limited by where they live or what their parents do for a living. In 2012 we established 5 STAR Futures, to support pupils from areas of high unemployment and social need in order to equip them with the skills and confidence to aim higher and achieve more.

        We work with schools across the UK that are local to our offices. Our interactive workshops take place at the school and in our offices.  Working with groups of 15-20 pupils from Year 10 (around 15 years old) from September to March, we deliver interdependent workshops which are tailored to the requirements of the local school. There are fun individual, pair and group exercises in each workshop, which focus on increasing the students' self-confidence and developing their employability skills.

        We also carry out additional workshops under the 5 STAR umbrella and we are commencing an Early Years project in early 2018 for primary school children.


        Be better together mentoring is about quality conversations that encourage, enable and empower people to look at things differently. It's not designed to tread on the toes of line managers or be viewed as an alternative to structured mentoring which is linked to an established professional development plan and facilitated through Learning & Development. Our big opportunity here is to create a culture of informal mentoring that helps our people to challenge their assumptions, explore new ideas or different ways of thinking or simply viewing things from a different perspective to achieve a positive outcome.

        Give and gain

        For the last five years, we've taken part in BITC's annual Give and Gain activities, volunteering to help develop stronger community relationships, build the skills of our people and support local community and charity groups.

        Living wage

        We are an accredited Living Wage Employer.

        The Living Wage is an hourly wage rate set independently and calculated annually according to the basic cost of living in the UK. Led by charity The Living Wage Foundation, The Living Wage campaign has been running for over ten years and has helped elevate 45,000 people out of poverty. Accredited firms must be able to demonstrate that their suppliers are aligned with the Living Wage so that regular on-site contractor staff also benefit.

        Green and sustainable

        We're accredited to the ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Standard. We have been certified for almost six years with the next re-certification audit taking place in February 2018. At this audit we shall also be transitioning to the new standard ISO 14001:2015.  

        We monitor our environmental outputs and in particular our production of CO2. Targets are set to help keep this to a minimum with lots of initiatives to support this. We also work very closely with our supply chain to ensure they are as environmentally aware and responsible as ourselves.

        We're a responsible business and embed our environmental values across our people and locations.

        UN global impact

        The way we do business is based on our values and reflects the behaviours we want to be known for. We're proud to support the UN Global Compact and our commitment to the ten principles, which cover human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. We remain determined to make the Global Compact and its principles as part of our values, strategy, culture and day to day business operations.

        CSR achievements 

        Our CSR Impact agenda is managed through a CSR Leadership Group, chaired by Managing Partner & CEO, Andrew Leaitherland and a network of CSR location groups. At the end of 2017, we introduced our new Social Impact Tool that showed our community investment activity in real time. It also created a CSR profile for every member of staff. 

        We are one of only 34 businesses in the UK to currently hold BITC’s CommunityMark, the UK’s only national standard that publicly recognises excellence in community investment. 

        Our commitment to diversity

        Our CSR strategy is underpinned by a commitment to a fairer workplace by:

        • becoming the first law firm to be Clear Assured, awarded for inclusive recruitment of disabled talent;
        • first law firm in the UK to achieve Disability Confident Leadership Status; and
        • being proud to be awarded Top 100 Employer status by Stonewall and a Top 30 Employer for Working Families.

        DWF Foundation

        The DWF Foundation, founded by DWF LLP has the sole aim of providing funds, resources and support to help our communities achieve their full potential.

        The Foundation builds on our existing community activity in a focused and strategic way and demonstrates that when we all work together we can make a significant, positive impact on the communities in which we live and work.

        The pillars of the Foundation are: Homelessness Health & Wellbeing, Employability and Education and within these the Foundation has been set up to particularly help with initiatives that develop and improve local communities by:

        • Tackling a specific community issue;
        • Helping voluntary and community groups become more effective and efficient;
        • Encouraging the involvement in the community of those too often excluded; and
        • Enabling young people to develop skills for the benefit of the community.
        • Our vision is to encourage all our people to work together as a catalyst for change. 

        Each of our offices has a dedicated team who are committed to our corporate responsibilities. Through the DWF Foundation we hope to build upon the excellent work that they already do with our local communities and charities.

        Find out more and apply for a DWF Foundation grant


        Environmental Management system

        We’ve launched a new Environmental Management system.  We’ve achieved ISO14001 certification and we’re maintaining it. We’ve reduced CO2 emissions per employee from 2.6 to 2 tonnes and a 15% reduction on paper reduction already. Telephone and video conferencing has increased by over 150% and we recycle 80% of our waste. We’ve even hosted Responsible Supply Chain Management events for BITC - and we haven’t stopped yet.

        From Babies with love

        Following a review of our gift provider for new parents, we came across From Babies with Love.  We were keen to find out more about the work they do, as well of course as checking out the gifts they provide for new babies and children for our parents who welcome a new addition to their family either through maternity or adoption. 

        We were impressed with their commitment and promise to donate all of their profits to children's charities, as well as providing a varied choice of gifts.

        We have now been using them for a little under a year and were pleased to receive their Community Impact Report so we can share how we have helped with the work that the team do. We are delighted to support them and the report truly shows the impact we are contributing towards, latterly they have begun a new partnership with Street Child helping 720 unaccompanied children in North East Nigeria, fleeing the ongoing conflict there. 

        Find out how we are contributing to the fantastic work of From Babies with love

        For more information view our latest Annual Review

        Download our CSR Policy

        Related people

        Tyrone Jones

        • Director of Corporate Social Responsibility and Engagement

        Clare Beavan

        • Foundation Manager