In a poignant ceremony aboard the historic HMS Victory in Portsmouth, Siemens Healthineers reaffirmed its unwavering commitment to the Armed Forces community by signing the Armed Forces Covenant. This voluntary pledge underscores the company's dedication to recognizing and supporting the invaluable contributions of UK service personnel to both industry and the nation.
The signing ceremony, attended by team members and service soldiers, marked a significant milestone in Siemens Healthineers' ongoing efforts to foster inclusivity and equality within its workforce. The company's inclusive human resources (HR) practices go beyond rhetoric, providing Reserve Forces members with paid annual leave for training and mobilization, a tangible demonstration of support for those who balance military service with civilian careers.
Siemens Healthineers places a premium on the unique skills and certifications that UK Armed Forces workers bring to the table, with a noteworthy one in four service engineers having a military background. To facilitate a seamless transition for veterans and other diverse candidates, the organization has partnered with the Career Transition Partnership, aiming to enhance every stage of the recruitment and selection process. The commitment extends beyond words, ensuring fair and equal treatment for all candidates.
Lieutenant Commander BJ Smith Royal Navy, Commanding Officer HMS Victory, expressed his delight at Siemens Healthcare formalizing its dedication to the Armed Forces community. He remarked, "This important step recognizes, supports, and encourages Armed Forces employees within the company, enabling them to thrive in the workplace while also continuing to support safety and security in the UK."
Ali Burns, Sudbury Managing Director and a Reservist, emphasized the significance of formalizing Siemens Healthineers' historical support for the UK Armed Forces. "I’m proud to be part of an organization that continually demonstrates commitment to supporting serving members, Reservists, veterans, and their families and celebrates the value that the Armed Forces community brings to our team at Siemens Healthineers," Burns said.
Siemens Healthineers, known for its commitment to employee diversity, embraces a corporate culture that values personal growth, social activities, and continuous training. The company actively encourages employees to be their best selves and fosters an environment that stimulates innovative ideas. Service engineers with military backgrounds are not only welcomed but also celebrated for the unique perspectives and skills they bring to the company.
As Siemens Healthineers continues to champion diversity and inclusivity, its partnership with the Armed Forces community stands as a testament to the company's belief in the importance of a workforce that reflects the rich tapestry of society. Through this covenant, Siemens Healthineers not only pledges support but actively contributes to creating a workplace where everyone, irrespective of their background, can thrive and contribute to the company's success.