Yesterday saw Compass Group UK & Ireland sign the Armed Forces Covenant, at a ceremony on HMS Belfast, in London.
The Covenant includes pledges by the food and support services provider to ensure no member of the Armed Forces Community should face disadvantage in the provision of services compared to any other citizen and in some circumstances special treatment may be appropriate especially for the injured or bereaved.
ESS, the support services provider for defence, offshore and government, part of Compass Group, signed the Covenant in 2013. However, Compass Group recognised that more could be done to support those in the Armed Forces Community who work in other areas of the business.
The Covenant, will now cover those who work in its education; sports, leisure and hospitality; healthcare; and business and industry sectors.
Commenting on the signing of the Covenant, Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP, secretary of state for defence said:
“Compass Group’s robust commitment to provide Service leavers, military spouses, Reservists and the wounded, injured and sick with career opportunities and flexible policies is truly appreciated. Our Armed Forces do a challenging job and deserve recognition. Support from businesses such as Compass Group is much valued and needed to give servicemen and women a fair chance when they leave the services.”
Compass Group has become the 1,000th employer to take proactive steps to support the Armed Forces.