Balfour Beatty today announces that it has re-signed the UK Armed Forces Covenant as part of its ongoing commitment to the Armed Forces community.
The Armed Forces Covenant provides a framework for businesses in the UK to ensure that veterans, reservists and their partners are treated fairly in the workplace and are fully integrated into the wider community.
Since first signing the Armed Forces Covenant in 2015, Balfour Beatty has taken significant strides to improve its practices, policies and commitments, resulting in the award of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award last year.
Leo Quinn, Balfour Beatty Group Chief Executive, said: “I am delighted to join with Commodore David Elford Royal Navy, Commander of Naval Forces East of England to re-sign the Armed Forces Covenant. With a number of major infrastructure projects in the pipeline, we need to meet current and future skills demand by attracting and retaining the best talent available.
“As part of this, we must break down the barriers that Armed Forces veterans, reservists and partners currently face across the industry, accommodating their needs and requirements to ensure that we are utilising their significant, transferable skillset.”
The new Covenant will be governed by Balfour Beatty’s Armed Forces Steering Group; a group comprised of a number of employees who are themselves veterans, reservists or partners or who have other significant links to the Armed Forces.
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Notes to editors:
- Balfour Beatty (balfourbeatty.com) is a leading international infrastructure group. With 28,000 employees, we provide innovative and efficient infrastructure that underpins our daily lives, supports communities and enables economic growth. We finance, develop, build and maintain complex infrastructure such as transportation, power and utility systems, social and commercial buildings.
- Our main geographies are the UK & Ireland, US and Far East. Over the last 100 years we have created iconic buildings and infrastructure all over the world including the London Olympics’ Aquatic Centre, Hong Kong’s first Zero Carbon building, the National Museum of the Marine Corps in the US and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.
- As a global company, it is critical to our success that our employees are as diverse as the customers and communities we serve.
- Balfour Beatty is committed to creating an environment where all our employees can be themselves at work and perform at their best. With a number of major infrastructure projects in the pipeline, Balfour Beatty aims to meet current and future skills demand by attracting and retaining the best available talent and is committed to removing the barriers to inclusivity across the industry.
- With 28,000 employees and a wide network of partners and suppliers, we are committed to recognising and respecting the differences between people whilst valuing the contribution that everyone can make to Balfour Beatty.
- Leo Quinn, Balfour Beatty’s CEO, is the board level sponsor for diversity and inclusion. Leo has established a Steering Committee to govern strategic D&I activities across the UK and track progress against a three-year plan.