Responsible Business

It's a fundamental part of what we do

As a responsible business, Womble Bond Dickinson is committed to creating better places to live, work and do business.

Our actions empower a variety of initiatives that have a strong, positive impact on the firm's colleagues, clients and local communities.

At Womble Bond Dickinson, responsible business is integral part of who we are as a firm. WBD focuses on six key areas of responsible business: environment, community engagement, diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), wellbeing, social mobility and governance.

From the firm's commitment to net zero by 2030 and our sustainable procurement policy, to giving all colleagues 14 volunteering hours every year, along with our Stonewall Top 100 and Social Mobility Top 75 rankings - Womble Bond Dickinson is focused on a future centred around people and planet.

We carry this commitment through our work with clients, with a holistic approach to environmental, social and governance (ESG)

WBD's gold sustainability rating from EcoVadis, which ranks the firm in the top two percent of the 100,000 companies submitting annually, demonstrates our commitment to putting responsible business at the heart of the firm.

Ultimately, we strive to continuously improve for our people, for our planet and for our clients.


Click here to read our Responsible Business Report


Ranked 56th in the Stonewall Top 100 Employers List

in the Stonewall's Top 100 Employers list

Ranked as a Top 75 Employer in the Social Mobility Index



in the Social Mobility Employer Index 2023

Offer all employees 14 hours to volunteer or provide pro bono support each year

volunteering or pro bono support hours given to employees annually

Reduced emissions by 37.5% since FY 2019/20

reduction in emissions since FY 2019/20

1 additional 'wellbeing day' given to all colleagues each year

'wellbeing day' given to all colleagues each year

10 charity partnerships across all our offices

charity partnerships across all UK offices

Ranked in the top 2% of businesses globally by EcoVadis Sustainability Rating

Ranked in the top


of businesses globally by EcoVadis Sustainability Rating

88% of our colleagues have disclosed their Diversity, Equity & Inclusion data

of colleagues disclosed their Diversity, Equity & Inclusion data

“Systemic change takes time, but here at WBD we want to be at the forefront of the progress made and are working hard to make sure that good intentions are met with strong and tangible commitments.”

Sally Dallow, Partner Lead for Responsible Business, WBD UK

Our responsible business objectives are mapped against the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). We've identified the six UN SDGs as having the most impact on our law firm, that support the vision of achieving a better and more sustainable future for all.


WBD SDG goals

Our responsible business activity is championed at all levels of the business. Our Ethical Thinking Group is led by Sally Dallow, our Partner Lead for Responsible Business, and involves strategy leads across all areas of our responsible business work. The group meet quarterly to discuss performance and areas where we can continue to improve. Alongside this group we have our Responsible Business Working Group who implement activity on the ground. Supporting all of this activity are our different teams, networks and people who continue to push forward our responsible business activity.

Community Engagement
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)

Delivering real social value through charitable giving, volunteering and sharing our expertise. Read more.

We strive to create a diverse and inclusive culture to attract and retain the very best people. Read more.

Environmental responsibility is central to the firm and since 2013 we have reduced our total carbon footprint by 70%. Read more.

Designed to create and protect sustainable growth, Womble Bond Dickinson provides invaluable ESG advice and guidance across various sectors. Read more.

At Womble Bond Dickinson, we believe in providing a workplace where people can live healthy and happy lives. Read more.