The association has published its latest comprehensive industry responsibility report, done in partnership with U.S. Chamber Foundation.
US.- The American Gaming Association (AGA) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) Corporate Citizenship Center released on Wednesday the first-of-its-kind-research that studies and analyses the scope of the US casino gaming industry’s community impact and commitment to communities, employees and customers.
The report finds that the gaming industry respondents reported US$367 million in charitable giving last year, and ninety-three percent have comprehensive recycling and energy efficiency programs, 50% higher than the overall private sector. Sixty-nine percent have an institutionalised diversity and inclusion hiring effort.
AGA said that gaming industry employees contribute more than 422,000 volunteer hoursper year, nearly five-times more hours per employee than technology industry employees; and one-hundred percent of AGA member companies surveyed have a responsible gaming policy.
The association’s research showed that a majority of companies are committed to responsibility as an integral part of their strategic goals and that the overall success of the gaming industry depends on how well companies can support the communities they serve. The gaming industry outpaces most private sector industries in its commitment to diverting waste from landfill and instituting green building and water conservation programs.
Bill Miller, president and chief executive officer of the American Gaming Association, said: “Above all else, the gaming industry’s highest priority is to promote responsibility in all that we do, from being constructive partners in the communities where we operate, providing exceptional career opportunities to industry employees and ensuring all patrons have the tools they need to engage in our offerings in a responsible manner. Today’s report shows that the gaming industry is making good on our promise to be responsible community partners, contributing economically and socially to communities across the country.”
“While corporate social responsibility (CSR) reports continue to become standard practice among American businesses, it is rare to see the collective impact of an entire sector,” said Carolyn Cawley, president of the U.S. Chamber Foundation. “We’re proud to work with AGA to release this groundbreaking research that illustrates the gaming industry’s positive efforts in the communities they serve.”