We, the undersigned, commit to honour the Armed Forces Covenant and support the Armed Forces Community. We recognise the value Serving Personnel, both Regular and Reservists, Veterans and military families contribute to our business and our country.
Signed: Simon Hall
Name: Simon Hall
Position: Founder & CTO
Date: 13th July 2021
The first duty of Government is the defence of the realm. Our Armed Forces fulfil that responsibility on behalf of the Government, sacrificing some civilian freedoms, facing danger and, sometimes, suffering serious injury or death as a result of their duty. Families also play a vital role in supporting the operational effectiveness of our Armed Forces. In return, the whole nation has a moral obligation to the members of the Naval Service, the Army and the Royal Air Force, together with their families. They deserve our respect and support, and fair treatment.
Those who serve in the Armed Forces, whether Regular or Reserve, those who have served in the past, and their families, should face no disadvantage compared to other citizens in the provision of public and commercial services. Special consideration is appropriate in some cases, especially for those who have given most such as the injured and the bereaved.
This obligation involves the whole of society: it includes voluntary and charitable bodies, private organisations, and the actions of individuals in supporting the Armed Forces. Recognising those who have performed military duty unites the country and demonstrates the value of their contribution. This has no greater expression than in upholding this Covenant.
2.1 We recognise the value serving personnel, reservists, veterans and military families bring to our business and to our country. We will seek to uphold the principles of the Armed Forces Covenant, by:
We will promote the work, activities and events of the British military community through our own digital and social media channels
We will publish our Covenant pledges on a dedicated Covenant section on our website
We will promote the fact that we are an Armed Forces friendly organisation, to our staff, contractors, customers, suppliers and wider public
We will work with and advertise vacancies through Career Transition Partnership (CTP), to ensure employment opportunities are made available to veterans
We will welcome applications from and guarantee interviews with, veterans who meet the criteria in the job specification
Recognising military skills and qualifications in our recruitment and selection process
We will support the employment of Service spouses and partners by welcoming applications from spouses/partners who meet the criteria in the job specifications
We will partner with and advertising vacancies on Forces Families Jobs and Recruit for Spouses
We will endeavour to offer a degree of flexibility in granting leave for services spouses and partners before, during and after a partner’s deployment
We will support our employees who are already members of the Reserve Force
Staff will be actively encouraged to become Reservists
We will grant an additional 5 days unpaid leave for annual Reserve Forces training
We will support any mobilisations and deployment
We will support our employees who are volunteer leaders in military cadet organisations
We will grant an additional 5 days unpaid leave to attend annual training camps and courses
We will actively encourage members of staff to become volunteer leaders in cadet organisations
We will support local military cadet units where possible and appropriate
We recognise the benefits of employing cadets/ex-cadets within the workforce
We will support Armed Forces Day, Reserves Day, the Poppy Appeal Day and Remembrance activities
We will support Armed Forces charities with fundraising and supporting staff who volunteer to assist
2.2 We will publicise these commitments through on our website, setting out how we will seek to honour them and inviting feedback from the Service community and our customers on how we are doing.