This report on a consultation to understand better how the implementation of organisational pledges under the Covenant could be made more effective. The consultation focused on four key areas: 1) the role of the Covenant in society 2) observations and insights from recent research 3) exploring issues and barriers to effective delivery 4) developing potential solutions.
The consultation was founded on research that is available to read here.
The Covenant is an important policy mechanism designed to ensure that the Armed Forces Community does not suffer a disadvantage as a result of a person’s or their family member’s service in the Armed Forces, and as such it covers a broad spectrum of policy areas and support. Organisations who sign up to the Covenant include businesses, public sector organisations, and charitable organisations, and the nature of pledges made remains at the discretion of the organisation. As such, there are no specific pledges that different types of organisations are required to make, meaning that pledges can, for example, include employment support for Service leavers, Service spouses, reservist spouses, as well as the offer of discounts to members of the Armed Forces Community, or more generally having policies which ensure no disadvantage for the Armed Forces community when accessing services.
Rand Europe, 2019. Improving Delivery of the Armed Forces Covenant: How can organisations more effectively implement the Armed Forces Covenant across the UK in support of everyone in the Armed Forces Community? Final report. Available at: <https://www.fim-trust.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/20190114-SGH-FiMT-Improving-Delivery-of-the-Armed-Forces-Covenant-FINAL.pdf>.