Social Responsibility

News on the industry’s social responsibility resources

Finnish ombudsman seeks to break-up Veikkaus control by state departments

Political debate on how to reform Veikkaus continues, as Finland’s Consumer Ombudsman urges the government to overhaul the gambling monopoly’s operational procedures and governance structures. Speaking to media, Krisi Leivo, Director General of Finland’s KKV Consumer Authority, stated that Veikkaus profits should be directly controlled by the state. Leivo believes that Veikkaus would be a more beneficial state asset if the monopoly …

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RCA backs Responsible Gambling Week 2019

The Racecourse Association (RCA) has committed to supporting this year’s Responsible Gambling Week, which is due to take place from 7-13 November.  The RCA’s support of the industry-wide campaign will focus on promoting responsible gambling messages across LED screens on racedays, and publishing information on #RGWeek19 on the course website and across social channels throughout the week.  Paul Swain, the …

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Public Health England to publish gambling-related harms review in 2020

Public Health England (PHE) is due to carry out an evidence-based review into the health implications associated with gambling-related harm, which will inform future prevention and treatment efforts.  The health body has been asked to “inform and support action on gambling-related harm as part of the follow up to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport-led review of gaming …

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Lib Dems appoint GAMSTOP director Mike Dixon as party CEO

The Liberal Democrats have confirmed the appointment of Mike Dixon as new Chief Executive of the party from 21 October. Dixon will take control of Lib Dem operations and strategic planning, having formerly served as Chief Executive of ‘Addaction’ – a UK-wide support network for people recovering for drug/alcohol addiction and mental health issues. Regarded as one of the UK …

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Liberal Democrats challenge Senet Group’s ‘When The Fun Stops, Stop’ campaign

The Liberal Democrats have challenged the Senet Group’s ‘When The Fun Stops, Stop‘ campaign, calling for it to be scrapped in a bid to ‘overhaul’ the industry’s approach to responsible gambling.  The centrist party claims that the Senet campaign could be ‘exacerbating the national gambling crisis’, and has called for further scrutiny into the methods used to combat the issue. …

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GambleAware appoints David James as ‘Safer Gambling Ambassador’

GambleAware has confirmed the appointment of former England goalkeeper David James as its new ‘Safer Gambling Ambassador’, who will support the UK charity’s ongoing ‘Bet Regret’ campaigns. David James’ appointment sees GambleAware strengthen its existing partnership with the Football Supporters’ Association (FSA), a body which campaigns on a range of issues for the interest of football fans across England and …

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UKGC supports local community through LoveBrum partnership

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The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has ensured that it is continuing to ‘support the local community’ after forging a new partnership with Birmingham-based charity, LoveBrum. The charity, first established in 2015, has utilised its funding from the National Lottery Community Fund to support local causes, volunteer-led initiatives as well as helping projects across the city reach funding. Sarah Gardner, executive …

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GVC forms ‘US Foundation’ driving new responsibility agenda

GVC Holdings has expanded its recently launched Global Foundation directive to US shores, announcing the formation of its new ‘US Foundation’ corporate responsibility programme. The US Foundation will lead the FTSE betting group’s North American strategy and standards for responsible gambling, corporate compliance and sports integrity disciplines. Supporting the development of US safer gambling and compliance frameworks, GVC is set …

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YGAM teams up with Betknowmore UK to deliver safer gambling strategy

Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) has teamed up with gambling support service Betknowmore UK, which will see the duo work towards delivering a ‘purposeful, authentic and genuine’ responsible gambling strategy. As part of the strategy, the two have planned to launch two new training models which will aim to reach more industry professionals, universities, students and clients.  Commenting …

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IGRG to promote ‘open and inclusive conversation’ during Responsible Gambling Week 2019

The Industry Group For Responsible Gambling (IGRG) has outlined plans to bring the UK and Irish gambling industries together as part of this year’s Responsible Gambling Week 2019. The aim of the campaign, which will take place from November 7 – November 13, is to promote an industry-wide conversation regarding safer gambling methods, as well as the promotion of tools, …

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