Amazon receives Gold Award in Ministry of Defence’s Employer Recognition Scheme for Armed Forces support

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Amazon scoops Ministry of Defence Gold Award

Amazon scoops Ministry of Defence Gold Award

 December 02, 2019

Amazon, has received a Gold Award in the Ministry of Defence’s Employer Recognition Scheme as their military veterans and reservists use hard-earned skills, training and experience to deliver for customers.

The Gold Award celebrates Amazon's positive attitude and market sector-leading policies towards the Armed Forces community and highlights its work supporting current and former defence personnel as an example of best practice in the UK business community.

A great record of Military support

Amazon Ministry of Defence Award

Previously, Amazon was named Employer of the Year at the Ex-Forces In Business Awards. In addition, Gillian Russell, Amazon's Military Programme Manager and a retired Royal Navy Officer, received the Advocate of the Year Award.

Amazon has introduced paid leave for Reservists for their mandatory training. This ensures that all employees who continue to serve with the UK Military as members of the Armed Forces Reserve get up to two weeks of paid leave each year to attend training in addition to their annual leave.

Amazon also honours Armed Forces Reserve Day and Armed Forces Day by paying tribute to veterans and reservists like Mark Farrer and Sophie Martin, who have joined Amazon’s UK Operations.

Amazon also launched its global Military Programme in the UK, offering veterans the opportunity to pursue exciting post-military careers in operations, engineering, logistics, HR and cloud computing. 

This is not the first time Amazon has been recognised by the Ministry of Defence, having previously received the Silver Award under the Employer Recognition Scheme.

Gillian Russell, Military Programme Manager, said “We are delighted to have been awarded Gold in the UK Defence Employer Recognition Scheme, which recognises the huge contribution made by hundreds of ex-Service personnel, military spouses and current Reservists at Amazon. Our leadership and management skills, honed during military service, are second to none, driving our ability to keep our customer promise every day.”

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