This week our CEO, Jayne-Anne Gadhia, visited the Ministry of Defence in London where she met with Mark Lancaster -Under Secretary for Defence Personnel and Veterans- to sign the Armed Forces Covenant, solidifying Virgin Money’s commitment to honour the Armed Forces Community.
The Armed Forces Covenant is a pledge that acknowledges and understand that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, should be treated with fairness and respect in the communities, economy and society they serve. The covenant focusses on helping members of the armed forces community have the same access to government and commercial services and products as any other citizen. The principles of the Armed Forces Covenant are:
- ensuring the fair provisions of our products and services so as not to exclude members of the Armed Forces Community
- promoting the fact that we are an armed forces-friendly organisation
- seeking to support the employment of veterans young and old
- running careers and CV Writing workshops specifically for veterans and service leavers to help them understand the opportunities available in the financial sector
- striving to support the employment of service spouses and partners
- seeking to support our employees who choose to be members of the reserve forces
- continue our support of military charities and events
This is not Virgin Money’s first commitment to our military communities. In November 2015 we set up Veterans at Virgin Money or “Vets@Virgin” which created a channel where our ex-forces colleagues could get together regularly to offer support to one another and to do something practical and positive to help other veterans within the community.
We are delighted to have signed the Armed Forces Covenant and continue to our work with veterans at virgin to make a positive difference to those who have and continue to serve.