• Boeing renews Armed Forces Covenant, reaffirming its commitment to UK armed forces community

    • Armed Forces Covenant first signed in 2015 has been extended to recognise Boeing’s growing footprint across the UK.
    • More than 10 per cent of Boeing UK workforce are veterans, reserves or cadet force adult volunteers.
    • Boeing also recently revalidated its Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award.

    LONDON,  May 25, 2022 - Boeing (NYSA: BA) has renewed the Armed Forces Covenant in recognition of its growing footprint across the UK and thereby reaffirming and extending its commitment to the UK armed forces community. Boeing first became a signatory of the Armed Forces Covenant in 2015.

    Leo Docherty MP, Minister for Defence People & Veterans, witnessed Sir Martin Donnelly, president of Boeing Europe and managing director of Boeing in the UK and Ireland, sign on behalf of all Boeing’s UK entities a pledge to a broad range of support measures for the entire armed forces community, including an assisted and flexible approach for mobilised reservists.

    “As someone with a military background, I am delighted to see Boeing reaffirm and extend their commitment to our armed forces, veterans and reserves - and their families - right across the UK,” said Leo Docherty, Minister for Defence People and Veterans. “Offering meaningful employment options and support for those who are transitioning from the military to civilian life means their talents are maximized for a positive contribution to the business community.”

    Boeing’s relationship with the UK dates back more than 80 years, starting just before the Second World War. As one of the largest defence companies to sign the Armed Forces Covenant, Boeing also recently revalidated its Gold Award under the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme. With a growing UK footprint recently surpassing 3,000 employees nationwide, more than 10 per cent are veterans, reserves and cadet force adult volunteers.

    Many of Boeing’s defence products - including Apache, Chinook, C-17, Poseidon and Wedgetail - are in service with the UK armed forces, deployed at home and overseas, helping to meet the needs of defence today and in the future. Boeing colleagues are embedded alongside their military counterparts across defence sites, from Middle Wallop to RAF Lossiemouth focused on training, maintenance and support. Veterans are employed across our UK business, and often move between entities in their careers, such as working on defence products to the commercial business.

    “We are very pleased that renewal of the Armed Forces Covenant recognises our activity right across our UK-based operations,” said Sir Martin Donnelly president of Boeing Europe and managing director of Boeing UK and Ireland. “We are extremely proud of our connection to the UK defence community, both through the veterans and reserves we have on the UK team, and through the funds we raise for military charities, such as SSAFA, that support the entire military family. We stand by our commitment to support the current and ex-serving men and women of now, and long into the future.”

    Boeing has a number of programmes around the world aimed at transitioning veterans from their service to Boeing and supporting them throughout their careers. In the UK, the Boeing Reserves and Veterans Organisation, or BRAVO, is the long-established, employee-led network that connects veterans, reserves and colleagues across Boeing in the UK and is dedicated to supporting those who serve or who have served. BRAVO is represented at 17 sites across the UK, from the South West of England to Northern Scotland.