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Fujitsu Signs Ministry of Defence Armed Forces Corporate Covenant

Fujitsu UK & Ireland

London, January 14, 2014

Fujitsu UK & Ireland today announced that it has signed the Ministry of Defence (MoD) Armed Forces Corporate Covenant. By signing, the company pledges to support the British Armed Forces, by upholding the Covenant’s key principles, which are:

  • no member of the armed forces community should face disadvantage in the provision of public and commercial services compared to any other citizen
  • in some circumstances special treatment may be appropriate especially for the injured or bereaved.

The Armed Forces Corporate Covenant sets out the moral obligation of society towards members of the armed forces community. It provides a mechanism for communities to express support for members of the armed forces community and is designed to allow businesses and charitable organisations to express their support, and commit to ways in which they can provide that support.

Fujitsu, which is one of the leading ICT partners to the UK Defence Industry, and a proud supplier to the Ministry of Defence for nearly 50 years, signed the covenant at an official ceremony held ahead of the Army Sailing Associations Admirals Dinner at the Cavalry and Guards Club in London. The Covenant was co-signed by Fujitsu UK & Ireland’s Chief Executive Officer, Duncan Tait, and Lieutenant General Andrew Gregory CB in his role as Chief of Defence Personnel.

Duncan Tait said: “As an organisation that has a proud history of not only supplying products and services to the MoD but also employing many citizens who form part of the voluntary reserve forces, Fujitsu recognises the invaluable contribution these individuals make to our community and our business. We also recognise that those individuals, previously employed by the Armed Forces, can contribute a wealth of transferable skills and experience and that it is therefore important for us as a business to support their integration into the civilian workforce in any way we can. We hope by signing the Corporate Covenant and committing to its principles, that we will encourage others to do the same”

As an organisation, Fujitsu has formally introduced a number of policies and initiatives to better support reserve personnel, veterans, and their families, including:

  • Up to two week’s paid leave per annum to attend annual training, which is a condition of membership
  • A leave policy and ‘Your Choices’ approach that support flexible leave requests from all employees combined with the fact that ex-Armed Forces employees can request up to a maximum period of two additional weeks unpaid leave for services training
  • Setting up a collaboration site for our ex-Armed Forces personnel and entitling them to use the Employee Assistance Programme services
  • A partnership with the Career Transition Partnership, which will assess any gaps the company faces and potentially point out how these can be addressed by employing ex-Armed Forces personnel
  • Setting up a recruitment process that recognises Armed Forces skills and qualifications when interviewing for new positions.

Glen Hymers, a former serving member and now Reserve Member of the Armed Forces who is employed by Fujitsu as Head of Operational Security and Risk Management, commented: “As a former serving member of the Armed Forces, I appreciate and admire the huge commitment Fujitsu is making in support of the Corporate Covenant. As a company, it truly understands the obstacles faced by many reservists and family members of those in active duty – and endeavours to meet the needs of individuals within this group of employees by recognising their valuable contributions.”

About Fujitsu

Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company offering a full range of technology products, solutions and services. Approximately 170,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.4 trillion yen (US$47 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2013. For more information, please see: http://www.fujitsu.com

About Fujitsu UK & Ireland

Fujitsu UK & Ireland is a leading IT systems, services and products company employing over 10,100 people with an annual revenue of £1.6 billion. Additionally, Fujitsu’s other operations in the UK bring its total employee numbers to over 14,000 and its total revenues to £1.8 billion. Its business is in enabling its customers to realise their objectives by exploiting information technology through its integrated product and service portfolio. This includes consulting, applications, systems integration, managed services and product for customers in the private and public sectors including retail, financial services, telecoms, government, defence and consumer sectors. For more information, please see: http://uk.fujitsu.com

Alizia Walker

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Graham Goulden

Phone: Phone: + 44 (0) 843 354 9568
E-mail: E-mail: graham.goulden@uk.fujitsu.com
Company:Fujitsu UK & Ireland

Date: 14 January, 2014
City: London

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