Post Office today becomes the 3000th business to sign up to the Armed Forces Covenant; a promise by the nation ensuring that those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, are treated fairly.
The Covenant was signed by Paula Vennells, Group CEO of the Post Office and co-signed by Secretary of State for Defence, The Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE, MP.
The signing took place at a special remembrance service to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War. The service was jointly hosted by Post Office and Royal Mail who, along with BT, formed the General Post Office (GPO) at the time of the First World War.
Paula Vennells, Group CEO of Post Office, said:
“It’s a real honour to sign the Armed Forces Covenant on behalf of the Post Office at this very special service. For us, today is about honouring and remembering the people who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country - including those that served in the Post Office Rifles and who earned high praise and a prestigious place in British military history as a result of their commitment and bravery.
“But it is also very much about those here today, and recognising the value that our serving personnel, both Regular and Reservists, veterans and military families contribute in the present to our business and our country.
“We know that having a diverse workforce brings huge benefits to a business, and our ex-Armed Forces colleagues and those in the Reserves are a unique and vital asset to the Post Office. We want to thank them for their service and to ensure that we continue to create a business in which everyone can thrive and develop as part of the Post Office team.”
Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said:
“The Post Office has a long and distinguished history with the Armed Forces and it is fitting they are the 3000th signatory of the Armed Forces Covenant.
"Those who have served our country so courageously deserve the full support of organisations and businesses across the public and private sector.
"Today, the Post Office has demonstrated the value that reservist and ex-service personnel can bring to businesses.”
Prior to the signing, ex-forces and reservist Post Office employees had the chance to meet with Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson, you can read their stories here.