The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise to treat fairly all those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, and their families.
Businesses and charitable organisations can sign the Covenant to publicly show their support for the Armed Forces community.
For employers, it demonstrates that they recognise the value our reservists, cadet force adult volunteers, regular soldiers and veterans contribute to our country. It also shows they aim to uphold the principles of the Covenant, which are:
- no member of the Armed Forces Community should face disadvantage in the provision of public and commercial services compared to any other citizen
- in some circumstances special treatment may be appropriate especially for the injured or bereaved.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can participate in the Armed Forces Covenant?
The Covenant can be adopted by a business or charitable organisation of any size, and from any industry. In Yorkshire and The Humber, signees range from local authorities and NHS trusts to small, one-person businesses.
How can the MOD and the Armed Forces Community support businesses?
The Armed Forces Community can contribute real value to a business, both as employees, who bring a wealth of skills and experience, and as customers. The Covenant scheme encourages the Armed Forces Community to do their bit to nurture this two-way relationship.
What does the Armed Forces Covenant include?
The pledge document includes the following list of options from which you can select those that are appropriate for your business.
- promoting the fact that we are an armed forces-friendly organisation;
- seeking to support the employment of veterans young and old;
- striving to support the employment of Service spouses and partners;
- endeavouring to offer a degree of flexibility in granting leave for Service spouses and partners before, during and after a partner’s deployment;
- seeking to support our employees who choose to be members of the Reserve forces, including by accommodating their training and deployment where possible;
- offering support to our local cadet units, either in our local community or in local schools, where possible;
- aiming to participate actively in Armed Forces Day;
- offering a discount to members of the Armed Forces Community.
How do I take this forward?
All that you need to do is edit the list of options; complete the signature block (including a company logo if you wish); sign it and submit it using the contact details below. The Covenant will be registered with the MOD and the pledge will then be included in the Defence online list.
A template Covenant can be downloaded from the Armed Forces Covenant website at www.gov.uk/the-armed-forces-covenant.
Alternatively, email [email protected] for an electronic copy of a template Covenant to be sent to you.
What are the top reasons for signing the Covenant?
- To show support for Britain’s Armed Forces
- To display the Armed Forces Covenant logo on your marketing
- To access military-run leadership and team-building training
- To get help to advertise your vacancies on free jobs boards aimed at service leaders, and
- To be more attractive to high-quality service leavers and reservists.
Here are some companies and organisations that have already signed up to the Covenant: