National legal business DWF has been named in Stonewall’s Top 100 Employers list 2016 which showcases the best places to work for lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) employees. DWF is one of only 12 law firms to make the Top 100 this year and moves up 91 places overall - highlighting a 38% uplift.
The Stonewall Top 100 Employers list highlights the best performing employers on Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index 2016, an annual audit of workplace culture for LGBT staff. This year Stonewall received 60,506 responses to the staff survey making it one of the largest national employment surveys in Britain, which included confidential questionnaires of almost 12,000 LGBT employees.
DWF has been recognised for its active policy on diversity which is embedded in the firm’s culture and supports its ongoing commitment to creating a supportive and inclusive environment for its people. In addition, the firm’s LGBT network group, OutFront, has been ranked as a Highly Commended Network Group. The commendation is to recognise the efforts of the top performing network groups within the Top 100.
Ty Jones, director of corporate social responsibility and engagement at DWF, said: “We are delighted to have climbed 91 places and entered Stonewall’s exclusive Top 100. This is testimony to our continued commitment to creating a vibrant, energetic and diverse business.
“Diversity and inclusion is an essential part of our culture, and valuing and respecting individual differences is critical to the pursuit of business excellence as it helps to attract, develop and retain the best talent.”
Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive, Stonewall said: “DWF and all of those employers that secured a place in the Stonewall Top 100 Employers 2016 list performed fantastically this year. We have had more submissions than ever before and so making the list is a huge achievement. I’d like to thank all of those organisations for their continued efforts to ensure that their lesbian, gay, bi and trans staff feel comfortable to bring their whole selves to work and are accepted without exception”.