How is growth in the sector combined with a company's social responsibility in the Group's overall strategies? What are the challenges the Company will want to face in this area?
We believe that a healthy gaming environment, regulated and devoid of excesses is the only guarantee for constant long term growth.
We are so convinced of this approach that we made of it a basic element of our corporate identity, even including a reference to responsibility in our logo: Responsibly Driving Global Gaming.
We were the first to develop this awareness and we were the forerunners in this direction, which was followed by the major operators in the sector, with the full cooperation of the regulatory authority and our personnel’s convinced support, on which we have always relied. We have achieved significant results and recognitions within the framework of corporate social responsibility. It is sufficient to think of the inclusion of the stock in the FTSE4good index and obtaining an A+ accreditation level for the Sustainability report from the international organization GRI. However we think we can and we must do even more and this is the commitment that will guide our work also in the years to come.
What are the main new items in Lottomatica’s Corporate Social Responsibility strategy?
New items are many and they pertain to all the cornerstones that support our social responsibility strategy: ethics and transparency in Group governance, commitment on the subject of responsible gaming that has been characterizing us for some time and is indissolubly linked to our core business, initiatives for development of the communities and territories where we operate and attention to environmental impact, also for the protection of future generations. For instance, a plan has been dedicated within the framework of the responsible gaming program, of activities specific to the prevention of gaming by minors, whereas in regard to help to local communities we have renewed our commitment in favor of the social and academic inclusion of less protected groups, with special reference to young people. For the protection of the environment in 2011 the efforts carried out until now have been rewarded by obtaining significant certifications by various Group entities both in Italy and the United States.
Another new element is represented by the effort started and still under way to expand the subjects corporate responsibility to all Group entities. It is not an easy task, for a Company that operates in every continent.