Defence employer scheme recognises XPO01 September 2023

XPO Logistics military veterans

XPO has achieved Silver Status in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme for its efforts in building a work environment that helps military veterans in civilian roles.

Many XPO colleagues in the UK and Ireland are military veterans. To encourage more veterans to join XPO Logistics, it has paired with ex-forces charities and continues to welcome military personnel within its UK network.

The award recognises months of work in building, testing, and deploying policies and tools to help encourage and support military veterans, reservists, cadets and spouses to become a part of XPO. The additional measures include:

  • Offering up to 10 days of additional paid leave for serving reservists to allow for rest after military exercises.
  • Up to five days of additional paid leave for Cadet Force leaders.
  • Giving preferential leave to military spouses to ensure they have time off when their partners return from, or depart for, active duty so they have time together and as a family before or after deployment.

  • Kirstie Lawrence, deputy employer engagement director, East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association, said: “Whilst a momentous achievement, Silver Status for XPO Logistics is a clear recognition of their continuous defence partnership. In 2022 alone, they partnered with the Office for Veterans Affairs and where guests in Downing Street of Rt Hon Steve Barclay, former Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, to discuss the transformative impact employers can have on veterans and ex-military personnel.”

    Lynn Brown, vice president – human resources – UK and Ireland, XPO Logistics, said: “Many of our team, from our senior management team to drivers and warehouse operatives, joined the organisation straight from the military service, and their contributions have been invaluable to the success of XPO. They bring a wealth of experience and skills from which our entire organisation benefits.”

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