WBD was invited last week to be a signatory to Bristol's Children's and Equality Charters. 

The Bristol Children’s Charter is aligned with the principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and applies to every child without discrimination, whatever their ethnicity, gender, religion, language and abilities. The Charter encompasses a collective set of principles that will generate a momentum for positive impact on the lives of young people in the city. Similarly, the Bristol Equality Charter aims to create a fairer, safer, accessible and inclusive city where everyone feels they belong, has a voice and an equal opportunity to succeed and thrive.

A number of other Charters are being promoted in Bristol, these are non-partisan and show commitment from people, businesses and organisations across the city to addressing some of the key issues and challenges impacting local communities. 

Julian Kinsey, Partner and Head of WBD's Bristol office, commented:

"Alongside Mayor Marvin Rees and other regional businesses, we were delighted to sign the Charters and show our collective commitment to working towards achieving an environment where these principles are the norm. These initiatives very much resonate with our commitment to being a responsible business by  providing opportunities such as mentoring, literacy support and work experience placements to give children and young people the skills for life and work. 

Diversity and Inclusion is also something we are deeply passionate about and sits at the heart of our firm's values. We work hard to create a diverse and inclusive culture to attract and retain the very best talent. Whether with employees, clients or suppliers; building relationships is part of our culture, in which we nurture a spirit of equality, fairness and respect for all. These qualities make us a better place to work and contribute to the success of our firm."

WBD is already heavily involved in a comprehensive Responsible Business programme in Bristol, supporting a number of charities, community projects and initiatives including St Peter's Hospice, Bristol Sport Community Foundation reading stars, Oasis Brightstowe Academy mentoring and the Prince's Trust.