We are currently looking to find out how many of our members employ ex-armed forces personnel or have signed the corporate covenant. We have added some questions into this month’s business survey but you can also let us know via [email protected] if either are something your business does.
Below is further information on the covenant and what you can do as a business to support.
What is the Armed Forces Covenant?
To those who proudly protect our nation, who do so with honour, courage, and commitment, the Armed Forces Covenant is the nation’s commitment to you.
It is a pledge that together we acknowledge and understand that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, should be treated with fairness and respect in the communities, economy and society they serve with their lives.
Sign the covenant
The Armed Forces Covenant represents a promise by the nation that those who serve or have served, and their families, are treated fairly.
The Armed Forces Covenant can be signed by:
- Businesses of all sizes
- Charitable organisations
- Local authorities
- Public sector organisations
- Single services: Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force (RAF)
Why you should sign the covenant
Signing the covenant means that you are supporting your employees as reservists and veterans.
By becoming a forces friendly employer you can benefit from the wide range of unique skills and experiences that reservists and veterans can bring to your organisation. Employing armed forces community members can help diversify the talent in your workforce. Find out more about being a forces friendly employer.
What you can pledge
Employers can choose specific promises or pledges to support their employees within the armed forces community. Local authorities promise to encourage local communities in supporting the armed forces community, including promoting understanding and awareness.
The covenant should be signed by someone in authority who will make sure that these promises are implemented, this could be the CEO or HR Director. It could also be co-signed by a member of the armed forces.
You can pledge to
- promote the fact you are an armed forces-friendly organisation
- support the employment of veterans and service leavers
- offer flexibility in leave for service spouses and partner before, during and after deployment
- support reservist employees, allowing leave for training and deployment
- offer discount to members of the armed forces community
Sign the covenant now at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/corporate-covenant-pledge