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DWF awarded CommunityMark accolade for excellence in community investment

National legal business DWF has been recognised with a CommunityMark, the UK’s national standard for leadership and excellence in community investment. 

CommunityMark, run by Business in the Community, recognises organisations that are leading the way in supporting local communities, and DWF is one of only three law firms that currently hold the sought after standard. The national legal business was singled out for its continued commitment to addressing key issues in its local communities and making a measurable difference through far-reaching community projects such as 5 STAR Futures, a youth development CSR programme that focuses on self-efficacy to improve social mobility.

DWF joins an exclusive network of 36 businesses that have collectively invested over £2.06 billion in their communities in 2014 and are engaging one in three employees in community programmes.

BITC Community Mark

Commenting, Tyrone Jones, director of corporate social responsibility and engagement at DWF, said: “Our values inform who we are, what we do and how we do it, and building and maintaining corporate responsibility excellence is key to driving our business forward in a sustainable way. We’re delighted to have been awarded the coveted CommunityMark. It’s a fantastic achievement for the team and all our volunteers as it validates our strategic approach to investing in our communities.”

DWF will be recognised with the CommunityMark at Business in the Community’s National Gala Dinner, supported by the 2014 Responsible Business of the Year National Grid, on 7 July 2015.

Commenting Stephen Howard, Business in the Community’s Chief Executive said: “I congratulate DWF for joining the exclusive network of CommunityMark companies today. Business has a vital role to help create vibrant and prosperous communities. CommunityMark holders are at the heart of this movement, demonstrating an impressive commitment to identifying and responding to social needs. Crucially, these companies understand that excellence in community investment not only has a positive and valuable impact on society, but also creates real business benefits. We hope their example will inspire many more businesses to put responsible behaviour at the heart of how they do business.”

For further information about the CommunityMark, including the full list of achievers and their case studies, visit www.bitc.org.uk/communitymark

Tyrone Jones

Director of Corporate Social Responsibility and Engagement

An award winning CSR/Diversity specialist my work is built around embedding DWF's values and behaviours to create a culture that supports our strategic direction as a top 20 business law firm, generating value for the business, a great experience for clients and a great place to work for our people.