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            CSR, Diversity and Inclusion

            It is important that we make a difference, not only to our clients’ businesses but also to our people’s careers and opportunities. We recognise that the key to achieving this is engagement. 
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            We developed the DWF Academy supported by a Behaviours Framework to provide our people with a learning platform and clear performance and career development goals.  In addition, to support work-life balance, we offer our people a range of workstyle options, including flexible, home-based and mobile.

            We also recognise that our people want to give back as much as they can - whether through our youth outreach programme, 5 STAR Futures, or by fundraising for the DWF Foundation.

            Volunteering and fundraising have been part of our culture for a number of years and initiatives are targeted to address some of society's most pressing issues - education, employability, health and wellbeing, and homelessness. As of 15th March 2019 we were one of only 22 UK businesses to hold Business in the Community's Community Mark, the national standard that publically recognises excellence in community investment.

            The DWF Foundation (registered charity number 1157229) is an independent charity founded by DWF LLP and has the sole aim of providing funds, resources and support to help our communities achieve their full potential. Our business and our people regularly raise funds for and donate to the Foundation, which builds on our existing community activity in a focussed and strategic way.

            Read more about The Foundation > 

            DWF 5 STAR Futures is our community education programme with a purpose to enable aspirational young people to unlock their potential by developing their confidence and employability skills to become more work ready. This involves groups of volunteer coaches from DWF delivering workshops to school children on topics such as workplace behaviour, effective communication and resilience.

            Read more about DWF 5 STAR Futures >

            We support the principles of Human Rights set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Labour Organisation core labour standards and launched our Global Human Rights Policy in February 2018. We are a signatory to the UN Global Compact and its business principles covering human rights, employment standards, environment and anti-corruption. In 2016 we also became a signatory to the UN Women's Empowerment principles.

            We are a member of the Legal Sustainability Alliance, a group of law firms and related organisations committed to taking action to improve the environmental sustainability of their operations. DWF achieved a 24% reduction in its carbon footprint between 2015 and 2017. We have an established environmental management system in place, accredited to the ISO14001:2015 certification in the UK.

            Continuing to focus on our inclusive culture remains our priority. We are working hard to increase diversity across all career levels within our business and to provide the right environment for all our people to be themselves at work. We encourage and support our people to take ownership and responsibility for our inclusion agenda, which is aimed at ensuring mutual respect, and dignity is seen and valued as an integral part of our culture and the way we do business.

            Our Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Group defines and executes our global inclusion strategy. Executive Sponsors and more than 40 senior leaders, supported by our Affinity Networks and a growing number of Diversity Champions, deliver action plans supporting gender, race, LGBT+, age, disability, agile and flexible working and mental health.

            Now is the time to strengthen our commitment to diversity and inclusion, so we act together to stop the stark racial inequalities that persists in all areas of society. Read our statement on the #BlackLivesMatter movement. 


            • Top 100 Employer (ranked 59th) in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index
            • Gold Standard in TIDE (Talent, Inclusion & Diversity Evaluation
            • Winner – Best Law Firm for work/life balance – Legal Cheek Awards
            • Finalist – Community Contribution category at the Scottish Legal Awards
            • Finalist – Work in the Community category at Liverpool Legal Awards
            • Finalist -  CSR Initiative of the Year at the British Insurance Awards
            • Finalist – Advancing Social Mobility category at the ENEI Awards
            • Finalist – Apprenticeships category at the ENEI Awards


            • Winner - Community Award, West Midlands CII Awards
            • Top 30 - Working Families Benchmarking
            • Finalist - Advancing Social Mobility in the Workplace Award – ENEI Awards
            • Finalist - Equality & Inclusion Senior Champion Award – ENEI Awards (DWF Partner Kirsty Rogers shortlisted)
            • Finalist – Agile Working Award - ENEI Awards
            • Gold - Tide Mark for Inclusion – ENEI
            • Finalist - CSR Programme of the Year – Legal Business Awards
            • Finalist - Disability Confident Award - RIDI (Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative) Awards
            • Finalist - Women in Finance Legal Adviser of the Year (DWF Partner Seema Bains shortlisted)
            • Ranked 60th - Social Mobility Index
            • Ranked 117th – Stonewall Workplace Equality Index


            • Reaccredited  - Recognition of the continued impact of our school partnerships -  Responsible Business Awards
            • Finalist - Best Large Private Sector Employer  - Working Families Scotland
            • Finalist - Best Innovation for Family Friendly Working - Working Families Scotland
            • Finalist -  Work in the Community  - Liverpool Law Society Legal Awards
            • Bronze Award – The payroll giving quality mark
            • Finalist - Best Corporate Social Responsibility Award - Inspiring City Awards (Glasgow)
            • Gold Standard – For Diversity Best Practice - ENEI Awards
            • Winner - Advancing Social Mobility in the Workplace Award - ENEI Awards
            • Winner - Equality and Inclusion Senior Champion Award - ENEI Awards (Won by DWF Partner Seema Bains)
            • Gold Standard - Law Society Diversity and Inclusion Charter


            • Finalist - Company of the Year -  European Diversity Awards
            • Finalist - Community Contribution of the Year - Scottish Legal Awards
            • Bronze Standard - BITC's Environment Index


            Business in the Community

            Delivering on our values is enabling our business to thrive, attracting and retaining the best talent and a diverse, engaged and innovative workforce. We are supported in this through our long-standing membership of Business in the Community (BITC), helping us to take a leadership role in contributing to inclusive growth and harness a collective desire to innovate, learn and improve the provision of fair working practices which deliver the changes needed to help lift people out of poverty and build stronger and more resilient communities through access to education, skills support and decent work. BITC is the oldest and largest business-led membership organisation dedicated to responsible business. As a long standing member we will continue to mobilise our collective strength as a force for good in society to:

            • Create a skilled, inclusive workforce today and for the future
            • Build thriving communities in which to live and work
            • Innovate to repair and sustain our planet

            We were one of 64 forerunner companies across 24 sectors that piloted BITC's new Responsible Business Tracker. The Tracker enables business to identify the key issues that need to be addressed to ensure long-term financial value, enabling both society and the planet to thrive.



            We want DWF to be a place where everyone can give their best, develop their talents and play their part in making this a truly world class business. Yet, in more than half the world, LGBT people may not be protected from discrimination by workplace law and same-sex relationships are still criminalised in more than 70 countries.

            As a legal business with a growing international presence and a signatory to the UN Global Compact, taking a global view on inclusion is not only the right thing to do, it also makes business sense. Those of us who feel confident to be ourselves at work are likely to feel more valued and therefore more motivated and more productive. Being a Stonewall Global Diversity Champion is helping us to create an LGBT inclusive workplace.


            UN LGBTI Global Standards  

            We strive for all our colleagues to have access to equal opportunity and respect wherever they are located. Alongside more than 235 of the world's largest businesses, we have made a global commitment in support of the UN Standards that aim to tackle discriminatory practices in the workplace, the market and the wider community. 

            UN Free & Equal

            Clear Assured

            We are the first legal business to be successfully re-accredited as a Clear Assured employer. This inclusive recruitment standard has helped us identify and remove barriers that have the potential to exclude disabled talent. As an inclusive employer, we want to see every candidate perform at their best and encourage candidates to tell us what workplace adjustments they may need to ensure we do everything we can to improve their recruitment experience.

            Clear assured 

            Disability Confident

            Disability Confident is a scheme designed to help organisations to recruit and retain disabled people for their skills and talents. We are proud to be a Disability Confident Leader and strive to be an exemplar of inclusive best practice.

            Disability Confident

            RIDI (Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative)

            RIDI is a not for profit organisation that works towards removing the barriers that those with disabilities face while looking for employment and whilst in the workforce. In 2019, DWF's Director of CSR & Engagement, Ty Jones, was appointed to the Executive Board. This milestone strengthens our longstanding support to RIDI, now as a Gold Partner and as the first legal business to achieve Disability Confidence leadership status.

            Working Families - Top 10 Employer   

            Working Families is the UK’s leading work-life balance organisation. As a Top 10 Employer, we are recognised as a business that has integrated flexible and agile working into our organisational strategy and culture. We continue to support and embed flexible and family friendly working policies and practices, encouraging healthy and sustainable ways of working.

            Working Families | DWF Top 10 Employer 2019    Working Families | DWF Top 10 Employer 2019 

            Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion

            We are a member of The Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion (ENEI) which is the leading employer network covering all aspects of equality and inclusion issues in the workplace. In 2019, we were one of only nine organisations to achieve Gold Standard in TIDE, the ENEI evaluation and benchmarking tool which measures a business's approach to diversity and inclusion in its workforce, leadership and strategy. We were delighted to be "Highly Commended" at this year's ENEI Awards for our efforts to advance social mobility and embed Apprenticeships into our emerging talent strategy.

            ENEI Member   ENEI Gold Standard

            Advancing Social Mobility

            PRIME is an alliance of law firms across the UK, committed to improving access to the legal profession through work experience. DWF is a member of the PRIME Board, recognising that we have a responsibility to advance social mobility to change lives and also change our profession.

            PrimeThe Social Mobility Pledge | DWF

            In 2018, we signed up to the Social Mobility Pledge and took part in the Social Mobility Index. The Index ranks UK employers on the actions they are taking to ensure they are open to accessing and progressing talent from all backgrounds. We were placed 60th in the ranking of employers taking part and will continue to take action to improve access to employment where barriers disproportionately impact those from areas of deprivation.

            Mindful Business Charter

            DWF has become an early adopter of the Mindful Business Charter, a set of principles designed to change the way we work by helping us manage avoidable stress and promote a culture of openness around mental wellbeing. The Charter focuses on core principles, such as improved communication, respect for rest periods and the delegation of tasks. We know that working cultures won’t change overnight but recognising some of the factors that can affect our people’s mental health and committing to tackling them is a visible step in the right direction.

            Find out more here >

            Mindful Business Charter | DWF

            Gender Pay Gap Reporting

            We welcomed the introduction of gender pay gap reporting. The main reason for our gender pay gap is that we have more men at senior levels in higher paid roles and a higher proportion of women relative to men in roles which fall within our lower pay quartiles. To speed up the pace of change within our own business, we are taking targeted and sustained action to drive improvements where there is currently under-representation. We are making positive progress, but we know that changing decades of imbalance in our business and sector is going to take time.

            Read our Gender Pay Gap Action Report >

            Read our Gender Pay Gap Report 2019 >

            Read our Gender Pay Gap Report 2018 >

            Read our Gender Pay Gap Report 2017 >

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