The independent research will shed light on how organisations are putting the corporate, armed forces and community covenants into use; establishing whether signing the pledge is a badge of honour, a tick-box exercise or a real catalyst for policy and culture change within an organisation.
This research, which will be shared widely, will help establish whether the mechanisms in place to encourage employers to support the military community are effective, robust and practical for organisations, civilians and the military community.
With hundreds of organisations signed up, the covenant scheme has been a success since it was launched in 2012.
Nationwide, which has been working with the Government and the financial services sector to ensure military personnel do not face unfair barriers in applying for mortgages due to their transient and overseas address history, is partnering with RUSI to understand how organisations are putting the covenant into use.
This research, which is due to be published in the autumn, is also looking into the numerous military charities currently operating in the UK and how they support serving and ex-armed forces personnel.
Professor John Louth, Senior Research Fellow and Director for Defence, Industries and Society at RUSI, commented:
‘This is a very important piece of independent research to review and understand a cornerstone of our defence ecosystem. We anticipate through this work making a number of recommendations to government that could help to transform companies’ and local authorities’ support for our armed forces’.
Nationwide’s Corporate Affairs Director Bryce Glover said:
‘The aim of this partnership with RUSI is to look into the covenant scheme and how organisations like Nationwide put their pledges into practice to make sure no one faces disadvantage purely because they have served their country. It’s a simple but significant objective and like the support Nationwide offers the military community, it will make a real difference to people across the UK, ensuring the covenant is fit for purpose both now and in the future.
‘The covenant is integral to how the UK supports the military community and by working with RUSI we want to prompt an informed debate and ensure it is effective, robust and practical for organisations, civilians and the military community alike.’