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BWB’s principles are at the core of the business and encapsulate the firm’s purpose: a commitment to delivering high quality commercial work, and to furthering justice and the public interest.

It is the basis upon which the firm was founded over 40 years ago and still lies at the heart of everything BWB does. It describes what we stand for and how we operate as a business. It means that we strive to make a positive difference for our people, our community and our environment and for the public interest. We set ourselves challenging targets in all areas of CSR and monitor them to ensure that we really are making a difference.

BWB is proud to be the first UK law firm to certify as a B Corp. B Corp certification is awarded to purpose-driven organisations that meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency, and create benefit for all stakeholders, not just shareholders. The certification reaffirms BWB’s position as the leading City law firm for socially responsible businesses.

We believe that as a business we have a responsibility to play a positive role in our community and to make a meaningful contribution in a wider social context. We encourage employees at every level to engage in pro bono work, volunteer work and charity trusteeships. We support this through our firmwide Volunteering Policy, which allows employees two days a year to dedicate to volunteering.

We are founder supporters of the Living Wage campaign, and support Advocates for International Development, Heart of the City, City Action, LawWorks, and the Legal Sector Alliance amongst others.

We believe that the wider environmental and ethical implications of our actions should be considered at all times. As part of our campaign to reduce our carbon footprint and manage our environmental impact, BWB operates an Environmental Management System (EMS) that has gained BS EN ISO 14001: 2008 certification.

We believe that everybody has the right to fair treatment and equal opportunities at work. We aim to establish long term working relationships with our staff offering career development opportunities, a safe and happy workplace and a range of support services. BWB recently assembled a Diversity and Inclusion Forum to develop proposals and policies which further drive diversity and inclusion within the firm. The forum is comprised of a representative group of individuals from across the firm, chaired by one of our many female partners. The forum members partake in and encourage debate and discussion among their peers, organise events and seminars to increase awareness and strive to ensure diversity and inclusion remains central to the firm’s culture.

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