OUR COMMITMENT TO YOU
THROUGH THE ARMED FORCES COVENANT
THE ARMED FORCES COVENANT
What is the Armed Forces Covenant?
The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation to those who serve or who have served, and their families, which says we will do all we can to ensure they are treated fairly and not disadvantaged in their day-to-day lives.
The Armed Forces Covenant relies on the people, communities, and businesses of the UK to actively support it in order to make a difference. The government is committed to supporting the Armed Forces community by working with a range of partners who have signed the Armed Forces Covenant.
The Covenant brings together the government, businesses, local authorities, charities and the public in order to support those who serve.
What does the Armed Forces Covenant mean for businesses?
Businesses and charitable organisations who wish to demonstrate their support for the Armed Forces community can sign the Covenant. Organisations can make a range of written and publicised promises to set out their support to members of the Armed Forces community who work in their business or access their products and services.
The level of support will depend on the size and nature of the organisation, but typically includes policies that: encourage reserve service; support employment of veterans and service spouses/partners; give the Armed Forces community a fair deal on commercial products and services.
More than 800 businesses and charities have signed an Armed Forces Covenant, and that number continues to grow.
All Armed Forces Covenants are to be signed by a person in authority who can ensure that commitments are implemented and maintained.
Depending on the size and structure of your organisation, this could mean the Chief Executive, Chair or HR Director of a large multinational; the Chief Executive or Chair of a medium-sized company; or the owner or manager of a small business.