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YOUR BUSINESS COULD STILL SIGN UP TO THE CORPORATE COVENANT

YOUR BUSINESS COULD STILL SIGN UP TO THE CORPORATE COVENANT

11 Sep 17:00 by Alejandro Rodriguez Garcia

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If you own a business, providing jobs for ex-military personnel could offer you several key benefits. Forces Leavers can bring a strong work ethic to any role and tend to have a strong mix of skills, from “hard skills” such as engineering, IT and logistics, to “soft”, interpersonal skills such as communication and leadership.

The Corporate Covenant is a voluntary pledge from businesses that wish to publicly demonstrate their support for the Forces community. It is part of the Armed Forces Covenant and shares the same two basic principles, which are:

  1. The Armed Forces community should not face disadvantage compared to other citizens in the provision of public and commercial services.
  1. Special consideration is appropriate in some cases, especially for those who have given most such as the injured and the bereaved.

Launched in 2011, the Covenant was originally envisaged to run until 2015 – the duration of the Coalition Government that launched it. Now, however, funding for the Armed Forces Covenant has now been made permanent and businesses of all shapes and sizes can continue to sign up to the Corporate Covenant.

The Royal Mail, for example, signed up at the end of July, joining 600 other private companies and local authorities in doing so.

Royal Mail CEO Moya Greene said: “Royal Mail is pleased to be signing the Armed Forces Covenant and we are proud to be an armed forces-friendly company. There has been a close link between Britain’s postal service and the military for nearly 200 years. Many current Royal Mail employees are ex-servicemen and women or Reservists, and have played ? and continue to play ? a key role in keeping the UK safe.”

Secretary of State for Defence, Michael Fallon, said: “Having such a large, British institution putting its name to the Covenant underlines the deep commitment within the business community to better support those who have bravely served their country, and for their families.”