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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. 

            We developed the DWF Academy supported by an Expectation Framework and 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.  We are 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 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.

            We are committed to being a vibrant, energetic, diverse and inclusive business. To cultivating an environment where everyone takes ownership and responsibility for our inclusion agenda, which is aimed at ensuring mutual respect and dignity for all. Regardless of gender, sexual orientation (gay, lesbian and bisexual), marital or civil partnership status, gender identity or expression, race, religion or belief, colour, nationality, ethic or national origin, disability, age, pregnancy or parental status, part time or full time status, flexible or agile working or freedom of association.


            We promise to:

            • Create and maintain an inclusive workplace that respects and embraces diversity.
            • Ensure all our people and all our clients are treated as individuals and valued for their contribution to the business.
            • Facilitate opportunities for all by recognising and realising potential both in employment and business.
            • Ensure that DWF operates within legislative, risk and best practice frameworks.
            • Encourage our people, clients and suppliers to demonstrate ownership and responsibility for diversity and inclusion.

            We launched a global diversity and inclusion strategy and business case in October 2017. Our Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Group comprises of 39 senior leaders and drives through 6 action plans covering gender, disability, LGBT, flexible working, race and ethnicity, and age. We are recognised as a top performer in diversity and benchmarking indexes.

            Here is our LGBT Inclusion statement >

            D&I statistics >


            • 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



            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.


            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


            Working Families - Top 30 Employer   

            Working Families is the UK’s leading work-life balance organisation. As a Top 30 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.

            Top 30 Employer Working Families

            Business in the Community

            Business in the Community (BITC) exists to build healthy communities with successful businesses at their heart. As a member of BITC we commit to being the best we can be in delivering social, environmental and economic sustainability across all areas of our business. As a member of the Employment & Skills Leadership Group we work with other businesses to bring together our collective strength to further the BITC strategy for employment and skills issues. We also sit on the Leadership Group in Scotland, helping ensure all children and adults can access education and skills support so they can get a good job, build a career, and stay in work as they get older.


            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 2018, we were one of only five 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.

            ENEI Member   ENEI Gold Standard

            The Law Society's Diversity and Inclusion Charter

            Collectively across the legal sector, our approach to diversity should be one where the ultimate goal has to be about making inclusion a visible and accepted part of the way we do business. This means challenging our perceptions of talent, being honest about the culture we create, valuing difference and advancing social mobility to change our profession. As a Charter signatory, contributing to the Diversity and Inclusion Biannual Report shows how well we are meeting the Charter Commitments and where more work needs to be done.

            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.


            In 2018, we participated 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.

            Gender Pay Gap Reporting

            We continue to identify and remove any barriers that prevent capable, talented people from achieving their full potential and welcome gender pay gap reporting as a further opportunity for us both to reflect on our progress to date and to further review our ways of working, ensuring we are transparent, fair and inclusive, diverse and treat our people equitably.

            We published our 2017 Gender Pay Gap Report in accordance with the guidelines set out in The Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017.

            Read our Gender Pay Gap Report >

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