ISS first to sign up to MoD Corporate Covenant

ISS has become the first FM business to sign the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) Corporate Covenant which pledges support to the British Armed Forces.

The agreement ensures that no member of the Armed Forces community will face disadvantage in the provision of services provided by ISS, in turn demonstrating the company’s rock solid support for the Army, Navy and Royal Air Force.

Richard Sykes, CEO for ISS in the UK and Ireland, signed the Covenant along with the Rt Hon Mark Francois MP, Minister of State for Defence, Personnel Welfare and Veterans.

Richard Sykes (left, CEO of ISS in the UK and Ireland) and the Rt Hon Mark Francois MP, Minister of State for Defence, Personnel Welfare and Veterans

Richard Sykes (left, CEO of ISS in the UK and Ireland) and the Rt Hon Mark Francois MP, Minister of State for Defence, Personnel Welfare and Veterans

At the signing, Sykes commented: “I’m extremely proud that ISS was in the lead in the defence FM sector in committing to engage with the defence community, and I particularly look forward to supporting an increased number of reservists, apprentices and those wounded in action within ISS.”

Sykes went on to state: “Our increasing presence in the defence sector has meant our people have had greater exposure to the selfless men and women who defend our country and, consequently, deserve our respect and support.”

In return, Mark Francois thanked ISS and the other signatories for the initiative they had shown.

“Our Armed Forces and their families give everything to our country,” said Francois, “so I’m delighted that BAE Systems, ISS UK, the BMT Group and General Dynamics are signing a Corporate Covenant.”

Francois added: “I would encourage other organisations and charities from across the country to get behind the Corporate Covenant and do their bit to support the Armed Forces in any way they can.”

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