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ESG & Corporate Sustainability

ESG & Corporate Sustainability is core to our business model, strategy and decision making, and starts with our purpose of delivering positive outcomes with our colleagues, clients and communities.

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We share the scrutiny and transparency that regulators, and all stakeholders, expect from clients and have learned important lessons about implementing effective ESG policies.

This also means committing to consistent high performance around ESG is fundamental to our success as a global legal business, specifically in terms of delivering our group strategy, realising commercial advantage, and in retaining and attracting key talent.

There are two ways we achieve this with our business activities – as an enabler, supporting our clients with the ESG business challenges they face and as an exemplar, by communicating on our progress as a responsible business transparently and authentically.

Download our ESG & Sustainability Impact Report 2022/23


Consistent with our commitment to responsible business, we are a signatory of the UN Global Compact and support the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, respecting ILO (international Labour Organisation) labour standards, UK Prompt Payment Code and UK Living Wage.

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's)

While we believe in and aim to contribute to all 17 UN SDGs, we have prioritised five goals, aligned to our ESG agenda, where we can make the most impact:


  • EcoVadis
    Ecovadis 2023

    Silver EcoVadis medal

    EcoVadis provides the world leading solution for monitoring sustainability in global supply chains. It provides sustainability score cards for performance in four areas; Environment, Labour & Human Rights, Ethics and Sustainable Procurement. DWF are pleased our commitment to sustainability has been awarded a Silver EcoVadis medal, meaning we are in the top 25% of companies currently scored by EcoVadis.
  • Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi)
    Science Based Targets

    SBTi approve our science-based targets

    DWF is pleased to have our global 2030 net-zero target verified by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) as we double down on efforts to reduce our impact on climate change. The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) is a collaboration between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The SBTi defines and promotes best practice in science-based target setting and independently assesses companies’ targets.
  • Carbon Literacy Organisation
    Carbon Literacy Organisation

    Carbon Literacy Organisation

    The Carbon Literacy Trust has awarded DWF as a 'Bronze' Carbon Literate Organisation (CLO). DWF are making headway in educating colleagues from across the business globally to become carbon literate. Training began in June 2021 where 16 of our colleagues from across the business were trained and a further cohort of 24 in June 2022, further training is planned for September 2022.
  • Business in the Community

    Business in the Community (BITC) - Responsible Business Tracker

    DWF was one of the forerunner businesses to first use the Tracker back in 2019 to evaluate and monitor our progress. In our 2022 re-assessment we scored 66% overall performance against a cohort average of 47%.
  • Mindful Business Charter
    Mindful Business Charter

    Mindful Business Charter

    DWF signed up to the Mindful Business charter in 2019 as a commitment to reducing stress in the workplace. We have since launched a guide to embedding the Charter to help empower colleagues to voice their "non-negotiables" and help achieve their work-life balance.
  • FTSE4Good


    FTSE4Good is a global sustainable investment index series, designed to identify companies that demonstrate strong Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) practices measured against international standards.

    Following the FTSE4Good Index Review in June 2022, DWF is pleased to confirm we are a member of the FTSE4Good Index Series.

  • The Legal 500 Green Guide UK
    The Legal 500 Green Guide UK

    The Legal 500 UK Green Guide

    The Legal 500 Green Guide UK highlights the key firms engaging with sustainability. DWF have been recognised for our sustainability work across real estate, planning and environment as well as our accreditations from EcoVadis, SBTi and the Carbon Literacy Organisation. 

Employer recognition

Top 75 Employer (Social Mobility Index) 2022
DWF continue to take positive steps towards tackling social mobility and have again featured in the list of Top 75 employers in the Social Mobility Employer Index ranked 17th in 2022. The Top 75 recognises the organisations that are taking the most action to ensure they are open to accessing and progressing talent from all backgrounds.
Times Top 50 Employer for Women 2023
DWF are once again pleased to be recognised within the top 50 employers who prioritise and celebrate gender equality in the workplace.
Top 10 Employer for Working Families 2022
DWF were included in the Working Families Top 10 employers who are leading the way in building flexible, family friendly workplaces.