Armed Forces Covenant (AFC)

a photo of some armed forces personnel

Commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant

NHBC is a long-time advocate of the Armed Forces Covenant (AFC), having first signed in 2015. We hold the Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Silver Award, which recognises how our values align with the AFC and how we demonstrate and advocate our support for the armed forces community. 

The AFC publicly demonstrates our commitment to those who have served and now have careers with NHBC and for those who are considering working for us.  

The AFC is a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, are treated fairly. The AFC sets out a view of the desired relationship between the government, the military and broader society. The Covenant is a three-way arrangement, founded on the premise that, in addition to the government, the nation as a whole has a moral obligation to members of the Armed Forces, past and present, and their families. 

Reaffirmation of Support in 2022

In 2022 we reaffirmed our support to the AFC reflecting our staunch commitment to the armed forces community, with Lieutenant Colonel Simon Wilkinson overseeing the signing ceremony.  

With more than 30 ex forces personnel working within the business (mainly in Inspection and Technical roles) connected through our Armed Forces circle - NHBC is proud to have created an inclusive working environment that values diversity and strives to give people the freedom to be themselves. 

At the re-signing NHBC CEO Steve Wood commented: “We are always pleased to welcome former armed forces personnel to NHBC. As a modern, progressive employer, we recognise the value of the Armed Forces Covenant and the impact it makes on those who have served their country and I am proud to reaffirm NHBC’s support.” 

James Starr - Armed Forces

We spoke with James Starr about his career in the army and what it is like working as a Building Inspector at NHBC.