International Game Technology (IGT) has announced the publication of its 11th annual Sustainability Report, demonstrating its drive to create value globally, increase its socially responsible corporate citizenship, and report on its activities transparently.

This year’s report features 2017 data showing IGT’s achievements in generating value for each of its stakeholder groups, including employees, customers, communities, and suppliers. Among the key issues highlighted in the report is ‘Fostering Responsible Gaming’ which IGT described as vital to the sustainability of the industry and the safety of players. “To support safe and responsible gaming environments, IGT adopts industry best practices and applies international standards,” said the report.

The company’s responsible gaming goals include promoting protective tools to prevent problem gambling; supporting responsible gaming organisations that address problem gambling; and preventing underage gambling. The report also describes how IGT’s products, systems, and portals include player protection and security tools to safeguard player interests and address regulators’ concerns.

Elsewhere in the document, the firm talks about ‘Engaging Our People’. It noted: “IGT employs more than 12,000 employees and operates in more than 100 countries around the globe. With its diverse community, the company is developing a culture that adheres to the following values: passionate, responsible, authentic, collaborative, and pioneering.  IGT understands that a more diverse and inclusive workforce will help drive innovation and enable the company to continue to meet our customers’ evolving needs and goals.”

Community support was also highlighted in the report. “IGT supports hundreds of educational, social, and cultural initiatives that enrich and strengthen its communities,” it said. “One example featured in the report is the company’s ‘After School Advantage’ programme, its longest-running educational programme that provides at-risk youth with access to computers. Since its inception in 1999, IGT has installed nearly 300 computer labs throughout the US.”

“This year’s Sustainability Report represents our ongoing pledge to sustainably grow our industry and the communities we serve,” said Marco Sala, IGT CEO. “In addition to enhancing our leading position in the market as a global innovator in the gaming business, IGT continues to strengthen its corporate citizenship.”

The report applies the latest Sustainability Reporting Standards issued by Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), which are the most widespread international standards used by organisations to report their sustainability impact and performance. These standards require submission and analysis of comprehensive data regarding a wide range of corporate social responsibility indicators. In addition, IGT voluntarily retained independent third-party auditor EY for a limited assurance engagement to verify the contents of the report.

The 2017 report is available here.