We want to share our commitment to our values. They shape who we are and our approach to everything we do. That’s why we’re committed to community projects and activities. We build long lasting, sustainable relationships helping young people to achieve more in education, vulnerable people to find work, the voluntary and community sectors to become more effective, helping to protect and improve the environment and to grow enterprise across the UK and beyond. And we do this through fundraising, volunteering, team challenges, mentoring and pro bono initiatives.
Watch this example of our mentoring activity, involving students from the University of Wolverhampton Law School. Students were matched to a mentor who is appropriate to their career interests, giving the students the invaluable opportunity to engage with legal professionals before they embark on their own legal careers.
But in everything we’re constantly testing ourselves and looking for more. Our annual Community Engagement Survey told us that 92% of our people are proud to work for a firm that supports its communities. That 93% would personally encourage others to volunteer and that 82% feel our community involvement improves their morale. And it identified four key themes that now underpin our work: education, employability, the environment and homelessness. Last year, we spend 8,397 hours on community and pro bono work.
The DWF Foundation builds on our existing community activity in a focused and strategic way and demonstrates that when we all work together we can make a significant, positive impact on the communities in which we live and work.
The pillars of the Foundation are: Homelessness, Health & Wellbeing, Employability and Education