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Our ESG responsibility

KWM is a firm with a conscience. The way we operate reflects who we are, what we stand for and where we aspire to be.

We believe we have a responsibility as a top tier law firm to use our mastery of the law for the lasting prosperity of our clients, people and communities. We apply our unique legal and commercial skills, our relationships and resources, to shape some of the big issues in our world. 

Climate and sustainability

We are committed to developing and implementing sustainable business practices to minimise our environmental impact. 

The strategy has three pillars:

Diversity and inclusion

Diversity of thought, perspective and experience 

is critical to our business success. 

Our people need to be as diverse as our international client base so that in working closely with our clients, we deliver a service that responds to and reflects their different needs and cultures. We define this as diversity and inclusion - an integral part of our overall business strategy. Our aim is to provide a broad, inclusive and open environment in which our people are fully supported to bring their whole selves and pass that on to their clients.

Our diversity and inclusion agenda
  • Advancing gender equality;
  • Strengthening our cultural intelligence and awareness;
  • Mainstreaming flexible and agile ways of working;
  • Increasing LGBTI inclusion;
  • Addressing the impacts of bias and stereotyping. 
want to learn more?

We have a range of local programs and initiatives to support our diversity priorities. Visit our country pages to find out more about what we offer in specific regions. 

Our Community Impact

We are committed to creating a sustained, long-term and significant impact for communities.

We deploy our expertise, networks and resources to create a sustained, long-term and significant impact for the communities in which we work and operate. We inspire & empower all of our people to work together to create a more just society and to address the structural and major justice challenges of our time.

Our community work focuses on three key areas: pro bono legal services, specialist and community services, and philanthropy, with our overarching goal aligned to education and reducing poverty and inequality

our community impact in Australia

Responsible Procurement

We are committed to taking action that assesses, minimises or addresses modern slavery risks in our business operations and supply chains, as well as across the wider markets in which we operate. 

We publish an annual Modern Slavery Statement, in accordance with the requirements of the Modern Slavery Act 2018, which outlines the actions we have taken to combat this global issue. 

You can find our most recent statement for the FY21 reporting period here.

Previous Statements

Supplier Code of Conduct

Our Supplier Code of Conduct sets out what we expect from our suppliers with regard to responsible procurement, ethical behaviour, sustainability, diversity and inclusion, and confidentiality and privacy matters.  We expect our suppliers to have their own internal policies and procedures within their own organisation that aligns with and supports our Supplier Code of Conduct. 

How we assist our clients

We work with clients to understand the potential risks of modern slavery within their business operations and supply chains and provide advice on the preparation of modern slavery statements.  You can learn more about our modern slavery expertise here.