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GDL proud to support our Armed Forces

The Covenant acknowledges that “those who serve or who have served in the armed forces and their families should be treated with fairness and respect in the community, in the economy and in society they serve with their lives.”

It has been signed by every local authority in mainland Great Britain and by 1500 other organisations including businesses and charities. Everyone at GDL is delighted to be amongst these signatories. By demonstrating its commitment to serving personnel, reservists, veterans and military families, GDL will endeavour to uphold the key principle of the Covenant which is that no member of the armed forces community should face disadvantage.

The Covenant pledges support in a number of areas including education and family well-being, having a home, access to healthcare, financial assistance and starting a new career.

GDL already has a long history of supporting our Armed Forces and many of our employees have service experience. Our aim is to facilitate employees’ transition from the Armed Forces into civilian life and we believe there is a good fit with the skills acquired in the services and what our business needs for the future.

GDL Chief Executive and covenant signatory, John Gregory, said: “Signing this Covenant represents a firm commitment by GDL to support the armed forces community. We recognise the value of staff who are serving as reservists as well as veterans and military families and the contribution they make to our business”.

Along with John Gregory, those attending the signing of the Covenant included Lt. Col. Jon Penhale, CO 6 Rifles and Jon Beake, Senior Employer Engagement Director from the Wessex Reserve Forces’ & Cadets’ Association. The signing was also attended by a number of GDL senior managers and service leavers.

GDL supports Armed Forces


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