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Ethical Business

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In a global context, rules governing business conduct can vary from region to region and country to country, but our values transcend these differences.

Our approach

We are committed to respecting human rights and upholding the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in our business and supply chain. For our colleagues, we will introduce additional mandatory risk management training and will contribute more meaningfully to societal efforts to tackle modern slavery. 

Our commitments

Global Code of Business Conduct

The Board understands its role in setting the tone of the DWF Group’s culture, ensuring it aligns with our purpose, values and strategy. This year has further highlighted how fundamental the combination of a strong culture and values are in guiding the Group towards achieving its purpose. On that basis, we are rolling out an updated Code of Conduct globally to colleagues, incorporating changes to internal policies and processes aligned to our ESG integration and external best practice. Our suppliers must confirm they accept our ethical, labour, human rights and environmental standards aligned to the United Nations Global Compact.

Read the full code of conduct

Zero Tolerance

As a business we have a zero tolerance approach to:

Human Rights

DWF supports the principles of Human Rights set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) core labour standards and is a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact. To find out more information about our position on Human Rights please read our 2022 statement.

Supplier Code of Conduct

Our goal is to build trust and open relationships with our supply chain and work together to develop our approach to responsible sourcing and sustainable procurement. Additionally, a mandatory Ethical Sourcing Questionnaire is required and assists with identifying potential areas of risk within our supply chain, and aligns to our Ethical Sourcing Policy, draws from the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Ethical Trading Initiative Base Code, and consolidates input from other stakeholders. It also enables us to track the diversity of our supply chain.

Read the supplier code of conduct

Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking

Read our 2021 Modern Slavery Statement. This is our sixth annual statement and covers the financial year ended 30 April 2021 and outlines the steps we have taken in the last twelve months to combat the risk of modern slavery and human trafficking taking place in either our business or our supply chains, and our focus areas for the year ahead.

Standing with the people of Ukraine

We have no offices in Russia or Ukraine, but we are doing all we can to support any of our colleagues and communities who are affected by this conflict. For the avoidance of doubt, we do not and will not act for the Russian government, Russian state-controlled entities or sanctioned entities or individuals.

Our targets and priorities

  • Targets
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    Our ethical business targets

    • 100% of colleagues read and confirmed understanding of our Code of Conduct.
    • Zero instances of bribery.
    • Zero instances of modern slavery in our operations and supply chain.
  • Priorities
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    Our ethical business priorities

    • Zero incidences of Modern Slavery in our operations and/or supply chains.
    • Measuring the number of our colleagues who have been trained in Modern Slavery and Trafficking every financial year.
    • Monitoring the number of incidents of Modern Slavery reported through our Speak Up line.
    • Ensuring every colleague has read and understood our global Code of Business Conduct.