Covenant for businesses

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Businesses and charitable organisations who wish to demonstrate their support for the armed forces community can sign the covenant. In doing so they make a range of written and publicised promises to set out their support.

Who has signed the covenant?

The Armed Forces Covenant represents a promise by the nation that those who serve or have served, and their families, are treated fairly. To date over 2,000 organisations have already signed the covenant, including businesses and charities. You can search to see each organisation’s specific covenant pledges for their business or charity.

If there’s a particular company you’re interested in, look up the company and see what they have signed up to do in terms of offering support.

Feel empowered to ask questions if local branches of your chosen company aren’t aware of the covenant.

Then contact us at the RAF Families Federation to help advise you on what to do next. You can also contact the MOD’s Covenant team directly.

Find out how an organisation can sign the covenant.

Find out more about Covenant for business.

What does Covenant for business include

Be a forces-friendly employer

Reservists and veterans bring a variety of transferable skills and qualities to the civilian workplace, developed throughout their military careers. Being flexible to the unique situations of the wider armed forces community ensures fair treatment to all who are involved, including the spouses and partners, and cadet force adult volunteers.

Employer Recognition Scheme

The Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) acknowledges employers who have provided exceptional support to the armed forces community and defence by going above and beyond their covenant pledges.

Further support for employers

Help and advice for employers is available from Defence Relationship Management (DRM).

If you need practical advice on employing reservists, there is a toolkit available for you providing information on your rights, responsibilities, and financial assistance that may be available to you.

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