Social Responsibility

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HSBC announces extension of gambling block feature to 72 hours

HSBC UK has confirmed that the cooling off period for its gambling block feature has been extended from 24 hours to 72 hours. The announcement follows the UK Gambling Commission’s (UKGC) revelation that there has been a month-on-month increase of 29% in gross gambling yield (GGY) and a 7% increase in active accounts. Maxine Pritchard, Head of Financial Inclusion and …

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GambleAware pushes for flexibility on deposit limits following BIT study

GambleAware has backed new findings published by the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT), urging for more operators to provide customers flexibility in setting their own deposit limits.  A BIT study, conducted on 1,700 bet365 customers, analysed whether behavioural tweaks on sign-up would impact customers’ playing habits, with a view to provide effective information on reducing player risks.  The trial set out …

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FDJ joins l’Alliance skills sharing community

Groupe FDJ has become a member of French ‘skills sharing community’ l’Alliance pour le mécénat de compétences, providing support and solidarity to France’s charitable and civic organisations. l’Alliance promotes skill sharing opportunities and programmes to employees of its members, helping to support French charitable organisations working across multiple areas such as education, the environment, family support, social mobility and research. …

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BGC highlights industry’s safety record in ‘A Safer Bet’ animation

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has launched a new animation, ‘A Safer Bet,’ in which the gambling industry standards body highlights the UK industry’s safety record and economic contribution. In the video, the BGC argues that the UK’s gambling market is one of the safest in the world, and warns against overregulation by the government. In particular, the BGC …

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Gambling Commission criticises black market claims

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has criticised claims from some betting operators of a thriving UK gambling black market, ahead of the upcoming review of the 2005 Gambling Act. According to a report earlier this month by data and analytics firm PwC, nearly 9 to10% of all gambling related searches online were for black market sites, and unregulated operators accounted …

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Howard League seeks participants for its ‘Crime & Problem Gambling’ report

GamCare has called for participants to help the University of Lincoln carry out research into ‘gambling and crime’. The University is conducting research interviews of ‘participants that have committed a crime as a result of gambling’ on behalf of the Howard League – the UK’s leading charity and organisation on penal reform. The interviews will form part of the Howard …

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GeoComply deepens social responsibility commitments with Conscious Gaming donation

Geolocation and compliance technology provider GeoComply has made a $200,000 donation to nonprofit group Conscious Gaming. The donation will be used by Conscious Gaming to further develop its PlayPause national self exclusion tool, which has already been adopted by Entain, BetMGM and the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. “The interest and momentum for PlayPause from operators and regulators since the launch has …

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GambleAware appoints ‘proven talent’ Zoë Osmond as new CEO

The board of GambleAware has completed its executive search after confirming that Zoë Osmond will be promoted as new CEO of the gambling harm-prevention charity.  Osmond, who currently serves as GambleAware’s Communications and Engagement Director, will replace incumbent Marc Etches, whose tenure as CEO finishes in March. GambleAware highlighted Osmond’s outstanding results in spearheading the charity’s multi-million pound safer gambling …

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Gambling Integrity strengthens team with Hawkswood appointment

Gambling Integrity has strengthened its board via the recent addition of highly experienced Clive Hawkswood to its team. Hawkswood’s career has seen him work extensively in the development of industry best practice across a range of regulatory and social responsibility issues. This included regular dialogue with the British Gambling Commission and UK government..  “It is always better to seek out …

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William Hill and Flutter top GambleAware Q1-Q3 donors

GambleAware has released its donor list for the first three quarters of 2020, with William Hill topping the list, followed by Flutter Entertainment and bet365. Publishing its industry donation figures for 1 April – 30 December 2020, GambleAware revealed that William Hill made a pledge of £1.04 million, with £540,000 donated. Following William Hill was Flutter Entertainment – the holding …

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