3M, the science-based technology company, has formally marked its commitment to the British armed forces by signing the Armed Forces Covenant.
The signing affirms 3M’s recognition of the value that serving and reservist personnel, veterans and military families contribute to business and the UK.
Jim Grigg, 3M North Europe Manufacturing Leader, welcomed Air Vice-Marshal Ranald Munro CBE, TD, VR, DL at the signing ceremony. Jim, who served in the Royal Air Force as an aircraft technician on operational support and fighter squadrons, said: “We recognise the tremendous contribution and sacrifice that our armed forces and their families make to the country and are proud to sign the Covenant and to show our support.”
3M will be demonstrating its commitment through eight pledges which include seeking to support the employment of veterans by working with the Career Transition Partnership as well as service spouses and partners by signing up the Forces Families job site. Additionally, it will support its employees who choose to be members of the Reserve forces, including accommodating their training and deployment where possible and by providing 10 days extra leave to help them to meet their commitments to the reserved forces.
The company will also offer support to local cadet units to highlight the importance of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills that are so highly valued by the armed forces.
Air Vice-Marshal Ranald Munro said: “I am delighted that 3M has signed the Armed Forces Covenant. Their support as an established UK employer so prominent in the STEM sector is most welcome. 3M’s wide ranging commitments in supporting Reserves, Veterans, Cadet units and the growing Forces Families Jobs service are particularly appreciated.”
The armed Forces Covenant was launched by the Government to encourage businesses and charities to do more to show their support for armed forces personnel.
It is a voluntary pledge of support for the armed forces community and includes two key principles – that no member of the armed forces community should face disadvantage in the provision of public and commercial services compared to any other citizen, and that in some circumstances special treatment may be appropriate, especially for the injured or bereaved.