Law firm joins a global network of 7000 companies

Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) has adopted the United Nations Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs) as part of its commitment to promoting gender equality and women's empowerment in the workplace, marketplace and community.

The WEPs are a set of seven principles that offer guidance to businesses on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community. They are jointly established by the UN Global Compact and UN Women and are aligned with international labour standards and human rights.

By signing the WEPs, WBD joins a global network of over 7,000 companies that are dedicated to advancing gender equality and creating a more inclusive and sustainable economy. The WEPs also support the achievement of the 2030 Agenda and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, particularly goal five on gender equality.

WBD will officially sign the principles today (6 March) to coincide with an event hosted by WBD Thrive, the firm's women's network, and WBD Reach, its Race, Ethnicity and Cultural Heritage network, for International Women's Day (IWD).

This year's IWD theme is #InspireInclusion and the networks will be welcoming Anita Asante, former England international footballer, who will share her stories of teamwork, allyship and discuss how we can all help build inclusive working environments. Anita is a passionate ambassador for Show Racism the Red Card, the UK’s anti-racism educational charity, and Amnesty International UK. She has become one of the game’s leading advocates and allies, championing marginalised communities and promoting the need for gender, racial and LGBTQ+ equality.

Paul Stewart, Managing Partner at WBD UK, said:

"Adopting the UN Women's Empowerment Principles is a public statement of our support and commitment to being a responsible business leader. These principles provide a powerful framework to advance gender equality in the workplace, marketplace and community and we are committed to playing our part in setting a global norm for the private sector."

He added:

"As a firm, we hold ourselves accountable and have a number of initiatives and policies in place to foster a diverse and inclusive culture, such as our gender pay gap reporting, our agile working scheme, our mentoring and sponsorship programmes, and our involvement in various networks and campaigns. We recognise that there is always more to be done and we will continue to work with our clients, colleagues and communities to drive positive change."

Sima Bahous, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women said:

"We congratulate Womble Bond Dickinson for taking the first step on their WEPs journey. We consider Womble Bond Dickinson a key partner in closing gender gaps in the workplace, marketplace and community and in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals."