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Diversity & Inclusion

At DWF we aim to create an inclusive environment where you can bring your whole self to work and enable our diversity to truly flourish.

Our vision is to create a working environment and culture where colleagues of all different backgrounds are able to contribute at their highest level to deliver positive outcomes for our colleagues, clients and communities. This means sustaining a workplace where everyone is included, valued and equipped with skills for today and the future.

Diversity & Inclusion targets

  • Increase the proportion of women on the PLC & Executive Boards to 40% by 2025.
  • Increase the proportion of senior management roles held by women globally to at least 40% by 2025.
  • In the UK, increase the representation of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic colleagues across senior management to 10% by 2025.
  • In the UK, increase the representation of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic colleagues across all career bands to 13%.
  • Increase Black representation overall and in senior roles to at least 3% by 2025. 

Additionally:

  • The Board to initiate global Gender Pay Gap reporting by 2022 (In addition, to ethnicity, publish UK pay data by disability, LGBT+ by 2023).
  • The Board to review additional targets to include all DWF regions by end 2022.

Building an inclusive workplace

Our employee-led networks provide the opportunity for our people to build an inclusive workplace, connect like-minded colleagues and create a space where they feel safe voicing their experiences.
Our networks include:

  • Wellbeing Steering Committee: Supporting the wellbeing of colleagues across the organisation including mental, physical, financial and relationship wellbeing as well as key focus areas such as menopause support.
  • Out Front: our company wide network for lesbian, gay, bi and trans colleagues, and any ally colleagues.
  • This is Me: our company wide network for progressing gender parity.
  • Race and Ethnicity Network: our group focused on increasing BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) diversity and promoting cultural diversity across the business.
  • Diverse Ability: our network for neurodiverse people and those with hidden and visible disabilities plus carers and allies.

Our global diversity and inclusion campaigns

Each year all of our locations come together to celebrate and champion diversity and inclusion, here are some of our campaigns we've been involved in.

  • International Women's Day involves initiatives that give voice to the importance of creating a gender-equal world, and sessions where we inspire the next generation of women and colleagues who share their stories in photos, quotes and blogs.
  • Diversity Week provides an opportunity to reflect on our achievements, showcase our inclusion initiatives and take the time to gain new perspectives on our lives and others around us.
  • International Men's Day encourages our male colleagues to become champions and sponsors for gender equality. It provides an opportunity to address issues facing men including working flexibly, men's mental health, and boys in education.
  • International Day of Person’s with Disabilities and Neurodiversity Celebration Week
  • International Day of the World's Indigenous People: new for 2022 we will be working with our global colleagues to mark this key date in August. 
  • International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia: providing opportunities for global colleagues to understand more about LGBTQIA+ discrimination and how to create greater inclusion.

Tracking our achievements

  • Implementing divisional D&I plans, owned by divisional CEO.
  • Focusing on divisional talent pipelines and succession planning to increase the representation of women and Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic talent throughout our organisation.
  • Reporting on workforce diversity shared with Global Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Group and Executive Board quarterly and biannually with Plc Board.
  • D&I objectives in place for all managers, forming part of their performance review.
  • Board member remuneration linked to the delivery of our D&I targets.
  • Mentoring programme including race and ethnicity PLC board two way mentoring and women's peer to peer mentoring.
  • Launching an Ethnic Minority Access Scheme for Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic aspiring lawyers.
  • Collaborating with D&I experts, sector peers and clients to advance D&I.
  • Diversity reviews of client teams championed by our CEO to establish to increase representation of global, female and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic colleagues, and emerging talent. 
  • Showcasing diverse role models & talent across our global business.
  • Utilising Rare Contextual Recruitment within our Emerging Talent process.
  • Delivering mandatory D&I training and Inclusive Leadership training for our leaders.
  • Improving how we recruit by introducing blind CV's for senior management roles, mandatory inclusive hiring training and increasing recruitment of underrepresented groups.

Awards and partners

It is important to us and our stakeholders that we continually improve our approaches, and strive to implement best practice. We therefore engage in regular benchmarking and we are proud of the recognition we have received for our ongoing commitment to D&I:
Our Awards
  • Times Top 50 Employer for Women 2022
  • Gold Standard in TIDE (Talent, Inclusion & Diversity Evaluation) 2021
  • Top 30 Employer for Working Families 2021
  • Top 75 Employer in the Social Mobility Index 2021
  • Disability Confident Leader Status  
  • UK Living Wage Employer 
  • Diversity and Inclusion Award Winner, British Claims Awards 2022
  • The HERoes Top 100 Women Executives List 2021 
  • Highly commended for best law firm for work/life balance, Legal Cheek Awards 2021
  • Top 100 Employer (ranked 30th) in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 2020
  • Stonewall's Bi-Inclusive Employer of the Year 2020
  • Best candidate experience winner, Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative (RIDI) Awards 2020
     

Strategy and reports

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Global Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Group

We want our people to take ownership, feel represented and have a sense of belonging.  D&I drives our decisions and we recognise the importance of global direction to become fully inclusive. Our Global Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Group defines and executes our global strategy. This group of 80+ DWF colleagues is led by Seema Bains, Partner Director on DWF's Plc Board, and includes Executive sponsors, senior leaders, Affinity Network leads, and Diversity & Inclusion champions from all levels, divisions and countries within our organisation. They deliver action plans supporting our new D&I Strategy planned until 2025 with the power of 5 priorities, objectives, themes, measures and our Executive sponsored strands: Gender, Race & Ethnicity, LGBT+, Disability, Mental Health.

Find out about our diverse and inclusive working environment and culture at DWF

Diversity and inclusion

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Celebrating International Men's Day

International Men's Day aims to challenge stereotypes, raise awareness of men's well-being issues and celebrate the positive contributions men have on their communities. The theme this year is 'helping men and boys'. We therefore wanted to shine a light on the support mechanisms available to help men and boys be their best.

 
 
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Action for Black History Month

Throughout UK Black History Month, DWF has undertaken initiatives, held events and shared resources all designed to raise awareness and encourage its colleagues to be actively anti-racist.  Find out more.

 
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Annual Diversity and Inclusion Week

DWF has again celebrated its annual Diversity & Inclusion week. This year the theme was 'Time for Action' and the content shared throughout the week was designed to help all colleagues understand the contribution that they can make to creating a more diverse and inclusive organisation. 

 
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Menopause in the workplace

To mark World Menopause Day, DWF is delighted to share that it has recently signed the Menopause Workplace Pledge.

 
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In conversation with Kirk Barnett

Hear our conversation with Kirk Barnett, Founder of The Lighthouse programme. 
 
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Mental Health and coming out

As part of our June Pride activities, Keith Riley, Internal Communications Manager, hosted a webinar panel which explores the panellist's 'coming out' journeys and the effects these events can have on mental health.

 
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Men's Mental Health

Mental Health Awareness Week ran from 9-15th May 2022. As part of our support DWF Director Gurbir Thethy and Claims Handler, Rishab Reitz looked at men's mental health with a particular focus from a B.A.M.E (Black, Asian and minority ethnic) perspective, read more below. 

 
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Pursuing a better gender balance

A look over the last six months to see how we have created awareness of challenges, and provided access to support and guidance that will contribute to a better gender balance at DWF. 
 
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Carers Week 2022

For Carers Week 2022 (6 - 12 June), the theme is 'Make caring visible, valued and supported'. Find out what actions DWF is taking to positively impact the experience of carers.

 
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LGBTQIA+ discrimination

The DWF LGBTQIA+ Employee Network, OutFront, have created events and content to support colleagues understand LGBTQIA+ discrimination, particularly in the workplace, and what steps can be taken to prevent it.

 
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Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2022

DWF, the global provider of integrated legal and business services, has been listed as one of The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2022, for taking action to decrease gender inequality in the workplace.
 
 
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Diversity and Inclusion at DWF

Tamsin McCarthy discusses our initiatives and commitments to Diversity and Inclusion at DWF to support our global strategy.

 
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Marking Neurodiversity Celebration Week

Between the 21 - 25 of March DWF marked Neurodiversity Celebration Week to support and celebrate neurodiverse individuals, whilst encouraging greater understanding and awareness of neurodiversity.

 
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Global Inclusion

How are we addressing diversity, inclusion and cultural awareness on a global scale?  Find out more in this blog from Tamsin McCarthy, Diversity & Inclusion Manager.

 
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Reports & Publications

International Women's Day

International Women's Day provides an opportunity to showcase our commitment to gender equality, launch new initiatives and actions, celebrate colleague's achievements, and raise awareness.
 
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Mens Mental Health Discussion

Watch our recent roundtable discussion on men's mental health where our speakers shared their experiences and advice on how to manage challenges with mental health.

 
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Workplace Dresscode Webinar

Watch our recent webinar which discusses the issue of workplace dress code as we transition into the post-pandemic era.

 
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What makes an inclusive leader

We asked the GCs joining our Brave New Law discussions to share one tip that they feel makes them a more inclusive leader.

 
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Coming out, faith and make-up

Watch Waz Naqvi (He/Him) as he talks about what life is like for him as a gay man, discusses his love of make-up and how he embraces his Pakistani heritage. 

 
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Watch our Pride 2021 event

Watch LGBTQ+ colleagues and allies from DWF and Enterprise Rent-A-Car share their experiences, how change in wider society has impacted their working lives and how they continue to advocate for LGBT+ inclusion.

 
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The Times Top 50 Employers for Women

DWF, the global provider of integrated legal and business services, has once again been recognised for its efforts to work towards gender equality with an inclusion in today's The Times Top 50 Employers for Women list. 

 
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The Holy month of Ramadan

Farrah Talsi talks about her focus during the month of Ramadan.
 
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Do I disrupt to (potentially not) progress?

Trainee lawyer Ayaz Saboor discusses the importance of speaking up on the topics of race and ethnicity.

 
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Diversity and inclusion matters

Caroline Colliston explores how the right approach to diversity at work instils pride in employees and provides long term benefits for businesses. 

 
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Why doing the right thing is good for business

Craig Chaplin takes a look at the challenge for businesses to be truly diverse and inclusive. 

 
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Women and COVID-19

First sexism, then COVID-19! Associate and passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion, Leah Glover discusses the challenges specifically faced by women during the pandemic.

 
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DWF awarded gold standard in diversity and inclusion evaluation

We've achieved Gold Standard in the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion (ENEI) Talent Inclusion & Diversity Evaluation (TIDE) Awards for our outstanding equality, diversity and inclusion practices.

 
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DWF adopts inclusive academic requirements for graduate recruits

DWF, the global legal business, today announced that they have moved to a contextual assessment of graduate recruitment, in a bid to attract a more diverse talent pool and increase social mobility.

 
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DWF reaccredited as Disability Confident Leader

DWF has been reaccredited as Disability Confident Leader until 2023, in recognition of our inclusive, accessible recruitment practices and commitment to being a visible champion of diversity in the workplace. DWF was the first legal business to be accredited back in 2017.

 
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Leading firms offer free mentoring

DWF alongside many of the UK's leading law firms have the chance of free mentoring and support to help firms develop their approaches to equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI), in a new scheme launched this week.

 
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DWF wins Stonewalls Bi Inclusive Employer of the Year Award

DWF has won Stonewall's bi-inclusive employer of the year award and also been ranked 30th in the Top 100 of the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 2019, the definitive benchmarking tool for employers evaluating their progress with lesbian, gay, bi and trans diversity and inclusion in the workplace.