Slavery & Human Trafficking Statement 2018

            DWF fully supports the principles of the Modern Slavery Act and we take a zero tolerance approach to modern slavery and human trafficking in our operations and supply chain. This statement outlines the steps taken in the last 12 months to prevent modern slavery and human trafficking in our business.

            Background & Governance

            As a global legal business, transforming legal services through our people for our clients, we have over 2,800 people in 27 locations. The DWF Group comprises DWF LLP, its subsidiaries and associated entities through which the Group provides legal and other services in a number of jurisdictions.

            DWF is a signatory to the UN Global Compact and its business principles covering human rights, employment standards, environment and anti-corruption. We report annually on progress through a publicly available "Communication on Progress" report. Principle one is “the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights”, and principle four is “the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour”.

            Our CSR Leadership Group, chaired by our Managing Partner & CEO, reviews and monitors progress.

            As a business providing legal and other professional services, we consider the risk of modern slavery existing within our business to be low.

            Within our business

            We are an accredited Living Wage Employer in the UK and all employees go through a vetting process to ensure they have a right to work. We comply with applicable employment legislation relating to employee terms and conditions, including pay.

            We have reviewed our in house resourcing practices and are taking steps to engage and review our preferred resourcing partners globally to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place within our operations.

            In the last 12 months we had no reported incidents of slavery or trafficking in our operations.

            Supporting Policies

            In addition to our Anti-Slavery policy, which sets out our zero tolerance approach, we have a number of policies which state how we do business and the steps taken to ensure we are responsible, fair, transparent and inclusive.

             These include:

            – Human rights
            – CSR
            – Anti-bribery
            – Whistleblowing
            – Diversity & inclusion
            – Dignity at work

            We are also continuing the process of aligning the way we do business to support the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

            Our Suppliers

            We aim to choose suppliers who share our values.

            All our suppliers are expected to undertake the necessary due diligence to ensure there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in their operations or supply chain.

            Expectations of suppliers are clearly set out in our new Supplier Code of Conduct and are grouped into six key areas:

            – Human Rights
            – Health & Safety
            – Responsible Supply Chain Management
            – Inclusion & Diversity
            – Business Integrity
            – Environmental Management

            We expect all our suppliers to meet or exceed the provisions of this Code and in doing so, ensure compliance across their own direct supply chain.

            In the last 12 months we had no reported incidents of slavery or trafficking from our suppliers.

            Any chosen supplier may be required to complete annually (or at such other time as required by DWF) our responsible sourcing questionnaire and in higher risk instances, we may undertake an on-site audit to validate adherence to this Code.

            Supply Chain Management

            Our procurement strategy, policy and process is communicated to all members of staff who have responsibility for supplier relationships.

            Services are procured on the basis that they have followed our policy and guiding principles. Our goal is to build trust and open relationships across our global supply chain and work together to mutually evolve an approach to responsible sourcing and sustainable procurement.

            Continuing to respond to the issues of slavery & human trafficking requires visible engagement, support and collaboration. To further support this, our procurement and supply chain relationship manager is tasked with embedding our risk based approach and assessing our due diligence processes, policies and controls, whilst mapping and evaluating suppliers by country, product and service type, size and scope of operations. This will help to determine any additional actions we need to take to effectively combat forced labour.


            We have continued to make relevant employees in key roles aware of our responsibilities and provide training for HR and Procurement Teams. Modern Slavery is also being included within our new pre-induction training for all new joiners to our business.


            Our first Slavery & Human Trafficking Statement can be viewed here >

            Our second Slavery & Human Trafficking Statement can be viewed here >

            This statement is approved by DWF Managing Partner & CEO, Andrew Leaitherland.



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