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Frameworks & Benchmarks

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We are committed to providing a public account of our progress in delivering on our ESG commitments.

Our approach

Data moves us forward and as we continue to embed sustainability into our business operations, we are increasing transparency and reporting against our ESG priorities, using internationally recognised reporting frameworks. 

Our commitments

Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB)

In the absence of a consolidated reporting framework we will use the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) reporting framework to report on our most material issues in both our Annual Report & Accounts and Sustainability Report.

Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) 

The Board, supported by the ESG Leadership Group, has committed to continually integrate new, and refresh existing processes into the Group’s overall risk management framework to identify, assess, and manage climate-related risks and opportunities over the short, medium, and long term. Therefore, we will report on the governance, strategy, risk management, metrics and targets in respect of climate-related risks in our Annual Report & Accounts and Sustainability Report.

Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi)

We signed the Business Ambition for 1.5°C commitment, a campaign led by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) in partnership with the UN Global Compact and the We Mean Business coalition, demonstrating the highest level of ambition on climate and paving the way to a net-zero future. 

UN Early Adopter Programme

As a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) since 2016, we already report our progress on the Ten Principles related to human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's). To enhance our Communicating on Progress, we joined the UN's Early Adopter Programme, to track our performance in a more consistent and harmonised way. It also created the opportunity to help test this enhanced digital platform ahead of its implementation for all participating companies in 2023.

UN Target Gender Equality

Since 2020, we have participated in the UN Target Gender Equality, to help implement the Women’s Empowerment Principles and strengthen our contribution to SDG 5, which aims to achieve gender equality in terms of representation, participation and leadership in business globally.

SDG Ambition Accelerator Programme

We took part in this global accelerator initiative to challenge and support us to set ambitious corporate targets into our core business management. The programme ran from October 2020 to July 2021 and a key outcome was aligning our decarbonisation goals with science-based targets and embedding a set of material sustainability goals delivered by 2030 to accelerate our contribution to the SDGs.

Business in the Community (BITC) Responsible Business Tracker

We continue to use BITC's Responsible Business Tracker to monitor and evaluate our progress. The Tracker, structured around a Responsible Business Map, aligns with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. DWF scored 66% overall performance v Cohort average of 47%.


We are pleased our commitment to sustainability has achieved a Silver EcoVadis medal. EcoVadis is the world’s largest and most trusted provider of business sustainability ratings, creating a global network of more than 85,000+ rated companies. Something that we will continue to use as a benchmark annually.

Our targets and priorities

  • Targets
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    Our frameworks & benchmarks targets

    • Achieve and retain EcoVadis 'gold' rating standard by achieving a minimum score of 67 building on silver standard already achieved.
    • Increase ESG operational resource to ensure effective implementation of the strategy by 2023.
    • In line with our 2030 ESG Strategy, we disclose annually, our approach to climate-related risks and opportunities using the most appropriate framework (currently TCFD).
  • Priorities
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    Our frameworks & benchmarks priorities

    • Improve our ratings with leading ESG platforms and market indices including FTSE4Good and CDP.
    • Use our data and ratings to benchmark against our peer group.
    • Improve our EcoVadis score year on year and share more widely with our key stakeholders.
    • Continue to develop and learn from the BITC Responsible Business Tracker. 
    • Conducting an independent materiality assessment every two years.