Our commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant
The Armed Forces Covenant is a government pledge to ensure that Armed Forces personnel are not disadvantaged by their service. By signing the Corporate Covenant BAE Systems is reiterating its commitments to the armed forces.
BAE Systems was one of the first companies to sign the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant in 2013, making eight commitments to demonstrate its support to the Armed Forces.
The new Corporate Covenant sees BAE Systems continue existing commitment and add the following pledges:
1. Commitment to host Reserve recruiting teams at appropriate sites and venues -BAE Systems will encourage our businesses to develop relationships with local Reserves units.
2. Adopting a sympathetic and flexible approach to requests for leave from Service spouses and partners before, during and post operational deployments - BAE Systems new Employee Relations Leave Policy provides guidelines on the provision of discretionary arrangements that will accommodate these requirements.
3. Commitment to regularly review progress against the commitments we have made - BAE Systems will continually seek to learn from the experience of others and the ideas of employees to ensure that its Armed Forces Corporate Covenant remains relevant and maximises the ability of its businesses and employees to make a meaningful and valuable contribution.
At BAE Systems, our advanced defense technology protects people and national security, and keeps critical information and infrastructure secure. We search for new ways to provide our customers with a competitive edge across the air, maritime, land and cyber domains. We employ a skilled workforce of 85,800 people in more than 40 countries, and work closely with local partners to support economic development by transferring knowledge, skills and technology.
Our team has the privilege and the responsibility of knowing that the work we do really matters. Our work is vital to the armed forces personnel and major corporations who rely on us to protect, equip and support them where it counts; to the security and prosperity of the nations we serve; to our skilled and talented people; to the local communities where we are based; and to the wider community who invest in, supply and engage with us. At BAE Systems, everyone can make a difference.
We believe that a diverse workforce inspires creativity and drives innovation. We respect and value the huge variety of skills, abilities and perspectives that our people bring to our business. We celebrate our differences and aim to recruit and develop talent from all backgrounds, championing the strength that a truly inclusive and collaborative workplace gives to our company culture and performance.
It's our people who provide the innovations that help our customers stay ahead in some of the world's fastest-moving markets. From complex engineering projects to effective business management through to promoting our vision and values and ensuring the highest standards of quality.