Royal Dornoch Golf Club has become the latest organisation to sign the UK Armed Forces Covenant.
The Covenant is a commitment to support the UK’s servicemen and women wherever and however an organisation can, ensuring no member of the Armed Forces should suffer a disadvantage because of their service.
The Club joins more than 4,500 UK signatories to the Covenant.
Club Captain Rob Murray signed the document at the club in Sutherland. It was co-signed on behalf of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) by Major Alec Rose, second in command of 7th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (7 SCOTS).
Royal Dornoch’s commitment to honouring the Covenant includes pledges to:
- Promote the fact it is an Armed Forces-friendly organisation.
- Support the employment of veterans young and old.
- Strive to support the employment of Service spouses and partners.
- Endeavour to offer a degree of flexibility in granting leave for Service spouses and partners before, during and after a partner’s deployment.
- Seek to support employees who choose to be members of the Reserve Forces, including by accommodating their training and deployment where possible.
- Offering support to local cadet units, where possible.
- Aim to actively participate in Armed Forces Day.
As well as signing the Covenant, Royal Dornoch received the ERS Bronze Award. The ERS awards encourage employers to support defence and inspire others to do the same. The prestigious Bronze, Silver and Gold awards are for employer organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the Armed Forces community, and align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant.
The Covenant signing was organised by Highland Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association and attended – along with the signatories – by the organisation’s Regional Employer Engagement Director Roy McLellan and Royal Dornoch General Manager Neil Hampton.
Roy said: “We are really happy that Royal Dornoch Golf Club has pledged its commitment to the Armed Forces community by signing the Armed Forces Covenant. We look forward to working with them in the future.”