The covenant which undertakes to support serving personnel, service leavers, veterans, and their families is fulfilled by different groups that have formally committed to making a difference, including:
- Central government, overseen by the United Kingdom's Ministerial Covenant and Veterans Board;
- Single services (Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force);
- Businesses of all sizes;
- Local government;
- Communities; and
- Cadet forces and their adult volunteers
There are currently over two million former armed services personnel equating to (approximately) five per cent of adult households, and the covenant recognises a moral obligation on the part of the nation to ensure they, and their family members, are treated fairly.
As part of its commitment, ABM will advertise all future job vacancies on the Career Transition Partnership website (www.cpt.org.uk), an official provider of Armed Forces resettlement that operates as a partnership between the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) and commercial concern, Right Management Ltd.
The integrated facility services provider has additionally pledged to uphold the principle that no member of the Armed Forces community or Reserves should face disadvantage in the provision of public and commercial services by applying special treatment in certain circumstances (including injury and bereavement).
In attendance at the signing ceremony on 28th January was Commandant General of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force, Air Vice-Marshall Ranald Munro, who said:
"We are delighted that ABM UK has pledged their commitment to supporting the Armed Forces and their families. The support of companies like ABM makes a significant positive difference to the daily lives of those who have served and those that continue to serve as Reserves."
Chris Townsend, Senior HR director for ABM UK, Europe and the Middle East who was accompanied by several ABM UK divisional directors, added:
"The armed forces community and their families are not only an important part of our national and local communities, whom we should be treating with fairness and respect, but also a great asset to our national workforce.
"By signing the Armed Forces Covenant we are not only looking to acknowledge what they and their families have done in service to this country but also to proactively support these individuals who have key transferable skills, experience, and knowledge into roles at ABM UK where they can be of huge value to our business and customers."