Atos UK & Ireland has signed the Corporate Covenant, pledging its support to the UK Armed Forces community. The consulting firm will support the Forces in a number of ways, including through the recruitment of veterans across the United Kingdom.
The Corporate Covenant, which complements the Armed Forces Covenant and the Community Covenant, sets out the moral obligation businesses have towards members of the armed forces community. In addition, the Covenant provides a mechanism for businesses and charitable organisations to express their support for members of the armed forces community.
The Covenant relies on two key principles: 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 line with its ambition to support the UK Armed Forces, Atos signed the Corporate Covenant. The agreement will see the consulting firm support the Forces in a number of ways, including by promote itself as an Armed Forces-friendly organisation*, offering jobs to young, old and injured veterans across the UK through its Career Transition Partnership and Recovery Career Services. To find the recruits, the firm will attend several of the military sponsored job fairs.
The firm will also support spouses in the workforce with increased flexibility and granting them leave before, during and after their partner’s deployment, and by accommodating employees that want to become a member of the Reserve Forces in their training and deployment, as well as granting them additional paid leave to attend training courses.
From left to right: Graeme Hood, Project Manager Atos and also an Army Reservist; Joe Hemming, Chief Operating Officer Atos; Robin Stiff, Senior Project Manager Atos and also a Corporal in the Army Reserve; and Trevor Winn-Morgan, Head of Operational Assurance Atos.
Commenting on the agreement, Lieutenant Colonel John Godfery, commanding officer at The Royal Wessex Yeomanry, says: “It is vitally important that we recognise those who lay their lives on the line in the service of their Country and do everything possible to assist them to help us. It is both exciting and rewarding to see Atos UK leading the way in acknowledging the immense benefits that Reservists and former service personnel can bring to the private sector and therefore a genuine honour to co-sign Atos UK’s Corporate Covenant with them at The Tank Museum today.”
* Professionals services firms EY also recently became an Armed Forces-friendly organisation, recruiting veterans for its programme in the UK. Deloitte too has its own Military Transition and Talent Programme.