Royal Mail signed the Armed Forces Covenant on Tuesday 28th July, joining a 600-strong list of companies and local authorities who have publicly pledged to support the Armed Forces.
Counter signed by the Secretary of State for Defence, Michael Fallon, and witnessed by Royal Mail reservists at Mount Pleasant Mail Centre in London, the signing reinforces Royal Mail’s support of Armed Forces personnel and officially recognises the value that serving regular and reservist personnel, veterans and military families contribute to its business and the UK.
Royal Mail CEO Moya Green said:
Royal Mail is pleased to be signing the Armed Forces Covenant and we are proud to be an armed forces-friendly company. There has been a close link between Britain’s postal service and the military for nearly 200 years. Many current Royal Mail employees are ex-servicemen and women or reservists, and have played - and continue to play - a key role in keeping the UK safe.
They also play a fundamental part in delivering Royal Mail’s high quality service to homes and businesses across the country. We believe it is important that Royal Mail continues to support them both within and outside of our business.
Royal Mail has around 250 reservists and in the last year employed 70 ex-servicemen and women in a variety of roles within its business. Royal Mail also honours the military through the issue of Special Stamps and postmarks.
Secretary of State for Defence, Michael Fallon, said:
Having such a large, British institution putting its name to the covenant underlines the deep commitment within the business community to better support those who have bravely served their country, and for their families.
With more than 600 companies now having signed up, businesses all over the UK are recognising the benefits and skills that reservists and former service personnel can bring to the civilian workforce.
To reinforce the Royal Mail’s support of the Armed Forces, Royal Mail also plays a key part in developing virtual postcodes for the British Forces Post Office (BFPO) postal addresses overseas, so that service personnel can enter a recognisable delivery point when they access online goods and services while stationed around the world. It will continue to work with the Ministry of Defence to make it easier for companies to access postcode data for armed forces personnel.