Sackers, a waste recycling firm based in Ipswich, obtained its Bronze Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) award from the Ministry of Defence.
The award acknowledges the business is supporting armed forces including existing or prospective employees who are members of the community.
Sackers made an official pledge, called the Armed Forces Covenant, laying out how as an employer it is able to ensure those who serve, and their families, are treated fairly. The covenant was signed by Adrian Dodds, Joint MD of Sackers and by Lt Col Marcus Brown on behalf of the Ministry of Defence, at one of our Armed Forces Covenant networking events.
Sackers currently has 7 service employees, 5 of which are ex service personnel, one is a reserve and one is a spouse. (See main image) This makes up nearly 10% of the firm’s workforce.
The company is now working towards the Silver ERS Award, for which they must demonstrate to the Ministry of Defence that they have met the criteria for receiving the next level of ERS Awards.
Adrian Dodds, Joint MD of Sackers said: “We are pleased to get the bronze award, however we are aiming to achieve the Silver Award, as it means a lot to us to support service personnel. Our experience has been that they are usually highly skilled and can bring some great attributes to any business.”
Bronze ERS Award holders are self nominated by employers who have signed the Armed Forces Covenant, promote being armed forces-friendly and are open to employing reservists, armed forces veterans (including the wounded, injured and sick), cadet instructors and military spouses/partners.
Sackers, like all Bronze ERS Award holders, receive an electronic certificate and logos to display on their website, stationery and other collateral. There are currently 140 businesses in East Anglia with a Bronze ERS Award, and 1,895 in the UK.
Nominate your organisation for a bronze award or if you’re not sure where to begin, call our dedicated employer support team on 01245 244817.