Fair Play… GVC Holdings outlines year of wholesale CSR change

first_img StumbleUpon Submit Share Share Related Articles GVC – YGAM’s Parent Hub is a vital tool for honest and open conversations August 4, 2020 GVC hails SportsAid programme developing next generation of British athletes August 7, 2020 EPIC and Whysup ‘continue to make real change’ with partnership renewal August 19, 2020 Virginia McDowell – GVC HoldingsFTSE100 gambling group GVC Holdings has this morning published its 2019 ‘Fair Play – Corporate Social Responsibility Report’ outlining the multiple changes governing the company’s long-term corporate sustainability objectives.In the report’s forward statement, GVC Independent Non-Executive Director Virginia McDowell acknowledges the new responsibilities demands placed on the company which now operates global gaming’s largest online gambling portfolio, employing 25,000 staff worldwide.“GVC’s growth has brought with it a commensurate expansion in the expectations around how we manage our responsibilities towards society, particularly as they relate to safer gambling,” said McDowell.“And let me be clear from the outset: Our ambition is to be the safest and most trusted operator in the world.”As a corporate advisor, McDowell has been charged with leading GVC’s ‘dedicated CSR Committee’ – a governance-level unit which has reviewed all corporate policies ‘covering regulatory compliance, AML, responsible gaming, health and safety, environmental impact, data protection and diversity in the workplace’.Furthermore, as a governance function, the CSR Committee will offer guidance to GVC leaders and stakeholders on social responsibility strategies, oversight, planning and coordination.“Sitting below the Board CSR Committee, the CSR Steering Group consists of functional leaders from across the business, including Investor Relations, HR, Legal, Health, Safety and Security, Operations and Communications,” explained the GVC report.“Convened by our Head of CSR, the Group oversees implementation of the CSR strategy, coordinating delivery across all operating units and central function.”Moving forward, an enlarged GVC Holdings will operate under the mandate of its ‘Fair Play – CSR strategy’ which sets out ‘priorities and activities across the areas where GVC has an impact on society’.GVC states that its new CSR strategy has been developed with ‘a deep understanding of where the industry is heading’, which will see GVC operate an ‘emerging framework’, promoting social responsibility practices across GVC’s current operational and stakeholder value chains.Treating CSR as a corporate discipline, GVC has appointed Grainne Hurst as the FTSE firm’s first Director of Responsible Gambling, supported by former group communications lead Jay Dossetter as Head of CSR.2018 saw GVC launch its ‘Changing for the Bettor’ campaign, setting out the FTSE firm’s ‘seven pillars’ for promoting safe play, fair gambling and better standards.Grainne Hurst – GVC HoldingsThe ‘Changing for the Bettor’ campaign has further seen GVC form strategic collaborations with gambling harm minimisation consultancy EPIC Risk Management (EPIC), in addition to supporting the Harvard Medical School’s ‘Division on Addiction‘ with a $5 million research funding on addiction behaviours, triggers and analyses.“We were very clear when we launched our strategy that it should not remain a static document, but instead would be constantly evolving and adapting as new opportunities and challenges occur,” said Grainne Hurst, Director of Responsible Gambling at GVC Holdings.“We are currently working on a number of projects, including additional treatment provision for gambling-related harm, digital app therapy provisions, the use of AI to help minimise harm and our research partnership with Harvard.“We are determined that responsible gambling is a non-negotiable part of the way we do business, and ‘Changing for the Bettor’ is our considered attempt to lead the way in minimising the risk from gambling-related harm.”A year since the launch of ‘Changing for the Bettor’, GVC governance states that the company is ready to pursue a series of ‘Quantitative commitments’ for future yearsGVC’s ‘Quantitative commitments’ related to safer gambling include:Doubling the amount GVC donates to problem gambling research, education and treatment bodies to 0.2% of UK gross gaming revenue, rising gradually to 1% by 2022 (the equivalent of £20 million).Starting a safer gambling awareness and education programmes for school children through GVC’s partnership with EPIC Risk Management.Developing the firm’s partnership with Harvard Medical School to better understand and reduce the potential for problem gambling behaviour through rigorous research.last_img read more

All-woman final for London Pride Steward of the Year competition

first_img Four women, each representing an England Golf region, have been selected as national finalists in the Fuller’s London Pride Steward of the Year competition. The 2012 winner will be announced at a celebratory lunch in London on Friday, 2nd November, when all four finalists will also receive their regional awards. This is the first time that all the regional winners have been women. They are: Samantha Hudson of Swaffham Golf Club, Norfolk – South East Region Yvonne James of Rugby Golf Club, Rugby, Warwickshire – Midlands Region Dawn Stacey of Wath Golf Club, Rotherham, Yorkshire – North Region, Anna Tyson of Dainton Park Golf Club, Devon – South West Region The competition, now in its sixth year, is run jointly by England Golf and Fuller’s and aims to identify the golf club steward who provides the most welcoming and enjoyable experience at the 19th hole. Hundreds of club members, visitors and golf club managers put forward nominations over a two-month voting period.  These were read and reviewed by representatives of  England Golf and Fuller’s, with the help of 2011 Steward of the Year, Scott Parker from Buckingham Golf Club, and were whittled down to a shortlist of 12 stewards: three from each region. The shortlisted stewards – which included eight women – were all visited personally by England Golf and Fuller’s representatives who experienced firsthand the exceptional service they provide. The regional winners were selected after the candidates were judged on their level of commitment, innovation and standard of service and presentation, together with that extra special something which sets them apart. The Steward of the Year will win tickets to an international cricket match, as well as an overnight stay at a Fuller’s hotel. Their club will also receive the opportunity to work closely with Fuller’s to increase their marketability through advertising opportunities in their local press.   Mark Roberts, Brands Marketing Manager for Fuller’s, said: “We have had some fantastic nominations for the competition this year and have been really impressed with the quality of stewards we have had put forward.” Paul Keeling, England Golf Club Services Manager, added: “The stature of this award grows every year and it is very important we acknowledge the lasting impression a steward can make by their outstanding service to members and visitors and their contribution to the business as a whole.” The 12 regional finalists were: North Keith and Lynne Bolton – Bingley St Ives Golf Club, West Yorkshire. Dawn Stacey – Wath Golf Club, South Yorkshire Simon Ward – Wilmslow Golf Club, Cheshire Midlands James Hilton – Trentham Golf Club, Staffordshire Yvonne James – Rugby Golf Club, Warwickshire Luke Ryan – Coventry Hearsall Golf Club, West Midlands South East Lynne Day – Henley Golf Club, Oxfordshire Samantha Hudson – Swaffham Golf Club, Norfolk Jason Waddington – Leighton Buzzard Golf Club, Bedfordshire. South West Kevin Brown – Sherborne Golf Club, Dorset Sharon Covey – Mullion Golf Club, Cornwall Anna Tyson – Dainton Park Golf Club, Devon 16 Oct 2012 All-woman final for London Pride Steward of the Year competition last_img read more

T20 World Cup to (hopefully) go ahead as planned: Cricket Australia

first_imgImage Courtesy: CA/ICCAdvertisement 1mhibdNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs6d1mdhWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ej03( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 65fWould you ever consider trying this?😱9y6tkCan your students do this? 🌚9Roller skating! Powered by Firework Not even a month ago, Australia hosted the 2020 ICC WOmen’s T20 World Cup, where they successfully defended the title against the Indian Women’s cricket team in the final. Whilst gearing up for the Men’s T20 World Cup again later this year- the Aussies have come up with a big hurdle- the Coronavirus pandemic. The global outbreak of the COVID-19 virus has caused several major sports tournaments go get cancelled or postponed. However, Cricket Australia, the governing body of the sport in the country, is primarily hopeful on successfully conducting the T20 World Cup.Advertisement Image Courtesy: CA/ICCIt was only a couple of days ago when ICC themselves gave green signal on the Men’s T20WC. In a recent statement, ICC disclosed that there are no change of plans as of now, and the tournament will go ahead as planned.“The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup is scheduled to take place from October 18 – November 15 2020 in seven venues across Australia. We are planning for the event to go ahead as scheduled,” the statement read.Advertisement There has been 438 confirmed Coronavirus cases in Australia in total, and five of the patients have died. Amidst the worrying situation in the country, the ongoing ODI series between Australia and New Zealand was cancelled after the hosts won the first match at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Additionally, all further fixtures of cricket int the season was suspended.However, there has been no update on the upcoming cricket world cup, and on the heels of ICC’s confirmation, Cricket Australia themselves have shown confidence to conduct the tournament as planned, as CA’s chief Kevin Roberts said in an interview on Tuesday.Advertisement “We’re really hoping that all forms of sport can be played again in a few weeks’ or a few months’ time. None of us are experts in this situation obviously, so our hope is that we’re back in very much normal circumstances come October and November when the men’s T20 World Cup is to be played,” Roberts told reporters.“And at this stage we’re planning on November 15, to have a full house at the MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground) to inspire the world through men’s cricket as the women’s cricketers did here just last week,” the CA chief added.The seventh edition of the Men’s T20 World CUup will start with Sri Lanka vs Ireland and papua New Guinea vs Oman at the Kardinia Park stadium in Victoria on October 18th 2020.Also read-Sachin compared fight against Coronavirus to Test cricket in plea to publicDespite Coronavirus, here are the sports leagues still going on! Advertisementlast_img read more