Anglian Water has received their gold award for being recognised for their outstanding support for the Armed Forces community at a special awards ceremony in London.
The Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Awards represent the highest badge of honour available to those that employ and support those who serve, veterans, and their families. It is awarded to companies for actively supporting the Armed Forces community in the workplace and for encouraging other employers to follow their lead.
Anglian Water was one of 11 companies from East Anglia to win the Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold Award. As one of the biggest employers in the East of England, Anglian Water have a long-standing relationship with the military community. Employing over 150 veterans, more than 20 Reservists and an array of Cadet Force Adult Volunteers as well as military spouses and partners.
Peter Simpson, Chief Executive for Anglian Water said: “I believe we have a real responsibility to do all we can to support our Service personnel. These are the people who have put their lives on the line for their country and we owe them a debt of gratitude.
“As a businessman, I also want the very best people working for me – and often the skills our soldiers, sailors and airmen have are vital when it comes to the great engineering challenge of maintaining and improving Anglian Water’s vast network of pipes, sewers, pumping stations and treatment works.”
To qualify for a Gold Award, employers must not only pledge their support but become advocates, encouraging others to do likewise. These employers must enable reservists to fulfil their annual training and mobilisation commitments and support their reintegration once back at work.
Employers must be advocates for Defence, have signed the Armed Forces Covenant and be able to evidence all areas of their pledge. They must communicate their commitment both internally to employees and externally to the wider community, through established policies and examples of support.
Anglian Water lead by example having actively encouraged other companies to sign the Armed Forces Covenant and created a Defence community within their workforce via internal publications, intranet and social media groups.