Going for Gold
140 organisations across the nation have received the Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award for their outstanding support towards the Armed Forces community, Defence Minister Leo Docherty announced today. 24 of these companies are based in the Greater London region (listed below).
Representing the highest badge of honour, Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Awards are awarded to those that employ and support those who serve, veterans and their families.
To win an award, organisations must provide at least 10 extra paid days leave for Reservists and have supportive HR policies in place for veterans, Reserves, and Cadet Force Adult Volunteers, as well as spouses and partners of those serving in the Armed Forces.
Organisations must also advocate the benefits of supporting those within the Armed Forces community by encouraging others to sign the Armed Forces Covenant and engage in the Employer Recognition Scheme.
This year, organisations include NHS trusts, educational institutions, financial services, hotels, charities, law firms, police services, football clubs and museums. Nearly 50 per cent are a small or medium-sized enterprises and 72 per cent are private companies, demonstrating the wide range of organisations offering support to the military community regardless of size, sector or location.
Daniel Frumkin, Chief Executive Officer at Metro Bank said:
“I am absolutely delighted that Metro Bank has been recognised with this prestigious award. We are dedicated in our commitment to support both those that currently serve and those that have served our country including veterans, reservists and forces’ families, as well as the communities in which they reside. Metro Bank will continue to honour and support this special community.”
A further 39 London-based companies have achieved a prestigious Silver award. To gain this award companies must show tangible evidence of their proactive support of service personnel/armed forces community, demonstrating that neither is unfairly disadvantaged as part of the organisation’s recruiting and selection processes. They must also actively ensure that their workforce is aware of their positive policies towards defence personnel and the employer must have demonstrated support for reservist call outs or “mobilisations” or have a framework in place, and by providing at least 5 days’ additional special leave for reservist training.
Minister for Defence People and Veterans,Leo Docherty said:
“I would like to thank all the organisations who have proven their support for the Defence community during such unprecedented and challenging times.
“The vast range of those recognised this year demonstrates how employing the Armed Forces community makes a truly positive and beneficial impact for all employers, regardless of size, sector or location.”
The nominations were considered by a selection board at national level for Gold and regional level for Silver. This year’s London Employer Engagement Board went virtual, and through video conferencing technology each nomination was considered at length against the award criteria. The board would like to acknowledge all those who applied, and thank you for your continued support the armed forces community.
The 24 London based Gold ERS winners for 2021 are:
ABF The Soldiers' Charity
Clifford Chance LLP
Herbert Smith Freehills
Lloyds Banking Group
Hammersmith & Fulham Council
Metro Bank (UK)
Pinnacle Group Limited
Spelthorne Borough Council
Turner & Townsend
Ultra Electronics Group
Victory Services Club
The 39 London based Silver ERS winners for 2021 are:
Arcadis UK & Ireland
Chevron Energy Ltd
The Clancy Group
Community Trade Union
Danny Sullivan Group
Ethos Group Holdings
Forces Cyber Pathway
Global Production Squad
Holman Fenwick Willan LLP
Institute of Directors
London Mutual Credit Union
Methods Business & Digital Technology Limited
Milspo Network CIC
Morgan Stanley & Co International
Multiplex Construction Europe Ltd
Olive Group (A Constellis Company)
One Way or Another Ltd
Reynolds Porter Chamberlain LLP
Services Outreach Support
Society of Occupational Medicine
The Royal British Legion
Standard Chartered Bank
Wellington Management International Limited
World Fuel Services Corporation