The Legion is one of the first organisations, including National Express and Barclays, to sign a Corporate Covenant. The Prime Minister hosted a reception where these companies were announced at Downing Street on 29 October, which was attended bythe Legion's Director General, Chris Simpkins.
Corporate Covenants were unveiled by the government in June this year and are voluntary pledges from businesses and charities that wish to demonstrate their support for the Armed Forces.
Corporate Covenants sit alongside Community Covenants and include a core statement of commitment that those adopting the scheme sign up to. This covers the two key principles of the Armed Forces Covenant:
- 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
In signing a Corporate Covenant each organisation is encouraged to offer support in a way most appropriate to their situation and capacity.
The Legion's specific pledges include:
- guaranteeing an interview for veterans with service related injuries who meet the minimum criteria for a Legion job;
- actively promoting opportunities for Legion branches to work closely with Service children and Cadet Groups, offering material support where possible; and
- promoting a mutual bond between serving personnel and the Legion through initiatives such as free military membership to those that are serving, regular and reservist, together with free membership for one year to all Service leavers during transition into civilian life.
Click here to view the Legion's full Corporate Covenant pledges and a list of organisations that have signed a Corporate Covenant can be found here.