Praise for Standard Life’s Armed Forces Impact Report.

Miles Briggs, Scottish Conservative & Unionist MSP for Lothian, is welcoming the publication of Standard Life’s new Armed Forces Impact Report which sets out the company’s involvement with former members of the armed forces and efforts to remove the barriers they may face when accessing employment. The report sets out the range of initiatives being undertaken by Standard Life which include work placements for former members of the armed forces. It also details the company’s support for veterans’ charities and policies for current staff members who are reservists. Miles has today tabled a Parliamentary motion commending the report and Standard Life’s determination to be an armed forces-friendly organisation.

Speaking today Miles said:

“ Standard Life is to be commended for its highly positive approach to both current employees who are reservists and people who have left the armed forces and are looking for employment.

“ Many former members of the armed forces have exceptional leadership, resilience and team working skills and can make a huge contribution to many businesses, but may face barriers when accessing employment. Work placements and other schemes can help reduce these barriers.

“ I congratulate Standard Life on the significant contribution it is making and hope that other businesses and organisations in Scotland will look to follow its successful example.”


* Please see below a copy of the motion as tabled by Miles today.

Motion Number: S5M-07137
Lodged By: Miles Briggs
Date Lodged: 15/08/2017

Title: Standard Life’s Armed Forces Impact Report

Motion Text:

That the Parliament welcomes the publication of Standard Life’s Armed Forces Impact Report; notes that the report outlines the work of the company, which signed the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant in 2013, with former members of the armed forces; is aware that among a range of positive initiatives highlighted in the report are Standard Life’s work placements for former members of the armed forces, many of which have led to permanent employment with Standard Life, its financial support for the Scottish Veterans Fund, the creation of the Standard Life Armed Forces Network and strong employee involvement with Poppyscotland, which saw more than 100 employees help with street collections in Edinburgh in 2016; is further aware that Standard Life offers two weeks paid leave for reservists to cover operational training, a reserve forces call-up policy, under which employees are entitled to return to their existing role, and an additional five days paid leave for the spouses and partners of reservists, which can be taken before, during or following deployment; considers that Standard Life is making a significant and very welcome contribution in supporting former members of the armed forces and their families, and hopes that other employers will look to replicate some of the initiatives it undertakes and help utilise the talents of former armed forces members looking for employment.

Miles Briggs