Legal business DWF, which is one of the UK’s largest law firms and has a growing international presence, has become a signatory of the United Nations (UN) Global Compact, demonstrating the firm’s commitment to embedding best practice in relation to human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.
The UN Global Compact is a voluntary framework for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with the ten universally accepted principles which include supporting and respecting internationally proclaimed human rights; eliminating discrimination in respect of employment; undertaking initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and working against corruption in all its forms.
Managing Partner and CEO at DWF, Andrew Leaitherland, said: “In 2016, we find ourselves still operating against a global backdrop of turbulent change, so it is more important than ever for the business community to demonstrate their commitment to strengthen society and operate as a force for good. At DWF, we are determined to embed responsible business principles into the way we do business and place sustainability at the heart of everything we do.”
As a signatory, DWF is committed to the Global Compact’s principles both in the UK and internationally as the business continues to expand. Additionally, the legal business will seek opportunities to advance the broader societal goals of the UN and will be required to report on progress against measurable outcomes within a year of joining the Global Compact, and annually thereafter.
Over 8,000 businesses and 4,000 non-business participants spanning across 135 countries are signatories of the UN Global Compact.