What is the Armed Forces Covenant?
The Armed Forces Covenant constitutes an agreement by the UK nation that those who currently serve or have served, as well as their families are treated fairly. This promise can be signed by local authorities, charitable organisations and businesses of all sizes. Currently, over 4,000 organisations have signed the Armed Forces Covenant.
Why should employers sign the covenant?
By signing the covenant, businesses are declaring their support to their employees as reservists and veterans. Showing your support and becoming a forces friendly employer, you can benefit from the wide range of skills and experiences that reservists and veterans can offer an organisation. When recruiting, you will have access to a wider pool of talent and attract quality candidates. Build a reputation as a forces-friendly business and contribute to the armed forces community.
Making your promise
When signing the Armed Forces Covenant, employers can choose specific promises to support their armed forces. For example, encouraging local communities in supporting the armed forces community is something local authorities promise.
It is recommended that the covenant is signed by someone in authority, who will ensure that the promises made are implemented across the organisation. You could also choose to have the covenant co-signed by a member of the armed forces.
The level of support organisations can offer will depend on the size and nature of the organisation. These promises can include:
- Promote the employment of veterans and service leavers
- Share that you are an armed forces friendly organisation
- Show support to reservist employees, allowing leave for development and deployment
- Give discounts to members of the armed forces community
For more information on how to sign the Armed Forces Covenant visit https://www.armedforcescovenant.gov.uk/get-involved/sign-the-covenant/.