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DWF is named as a Working Families Top Ten Employer 2022

27 September 2022

DWF, the global provider of integrated legal and business services, has been named in the top ten most family-friendly employers in the UK, by the national charity for working parents and carers, Working Families. 

Now in its thirteenth year, employers large and small from across the public, private, and third sectors compete annually to gain a coveted place on the charity’s list of Top Employers for Working Families. 

The full list of this year’s Top Ten Employers for Working Families – in alphabetical order – are: 

  • Citigroup                 
  • Crown Prosecution Service 
  • DWF                                              
  • Grant Thornton                   
  • Independent Living Fund Scotland                            
  • NatWest Group
  • NELFT (North East London NHS Foundation Trust) 
  • Pinsent Masons                   
  • Welsh Parliament (Senedd Cymru)              
  • Yorkshire Building Society

Employers were assessed using Working Families’ Benchmark and were scored on four key areas to build a comprehensive picture of their flexible and family-friendly policies and practices that specifically support mothers, fathers, and carers. 

DWF has introduced a number of initiatives aimed at supporting working families this year. In June, the business announced enhanced support for working parents and guardians with a series of new and improved family friendly policies, in response to colleague feedback. Significant uplifts were made to maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental leave and discounted nursery fees were introduced. 

New policy provisions to support colleagues who have premature babies, are doing IVF or who experience the loss of a child were also introduced. While support has always been available, the policies provide a consistent level of support to all UK colleagues.  

Seema Bains, DWF Partner and Head of the Diversity and Inclusion Global Leadership Group said: "Inclusion in this competitive list is a fantastic acknowledgement of the efforts being undertaken throughout DWF to help our colleagues thrive regardless of their circumstances. 

"Our Purpose – to deliver positive outcomes with our colleagues, clients and communities – is core to our culture at DWF. Supporting working families is central to that Purpose and our values. We strive to 'Be better together' by encouraging, enabling and empowering all of our colleagues. 

"Whilst DWF has embraced agile working for a number of years, post pandemic we are focusing on how we can support colleagues and managers to navigate flexible working options that are right for them.

"We have also delivered an expansion of our family friendly policies, creation of a careers hub, development of our menopause support group and increased promotion of workplace adjustments to provide colleagues with the flexibility to address their personal needs and perform at their best."  

Jane van Zyl, CEO of Working Families, said: “We are delighted to recognise the outstanding organisations that made our Top Employers for Working Families list this year. These employers excelled in our rigorous benchmarking process, proving they are leading the way in building family-friendly workplaces in the UK. The variety of sizes and sectors represented on this year’s list demonstrates that - with a commitment to best practice and an appetite to innovate - it is possible for any organisation to support their people through embedding flexible and family-friendly practices.” 

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