Established in 2011, RIDI is a not for profit organisation that works towards removing the barriers that those with disabilities face while looking for employment and whilst in the workforce. This milestone strengthens DWF’s longstanding support to RIDI, now as a Gold Partner and as the first legal business to achieve Disability Confidence leadership status.
Commenting on the partnership, Ty Jones, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility and Engagement at DWF, said:
“I want to encourage and help businesses to challenge their own assumptions and those of others about the value of inclusion and to champion difference through disability confidence. The purpose of RIDI is to break down the barriers facing disabled people in the workplace and being a catalyst for the small but often significant steps that make recruitment processes more accessible for disabled candidates.
“Fundamentally, no business should be managing diversity as a compliance requirement. Greater transparency and ownership of this agenda requires bold and innovative leadership.’’
Kate Headley, spokesperson for RIDI, added:
“I’m delighted to welcome DWF on board as a gold member of RIDI. It’s extremely encouraging to see such a large and influential organisation get fully behind helping to break down the barriers that disabled people face. The firm’s previous track record and level of accomplishment in this area is impressive, and by working together, I truly believe that we can achieve real and sustainable change in the future.’’
DWF is a global legal business with approximately 3,100 people across 27 key commercial centres in the UK and internationally. The business has a reputation for innovation, and was ranked the 11th most innovative legal business in Europe in the 2018 Financial Times Innovative Lawyers report. Dedicated to diversity and inclusion, it has a strong network of diversity partners, including Stonewall and The Clear Company, helping to support the company’s objective of embedding diversity into the business.