IGT has reiterated its commitment to Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) policies as it highlighted its progress in the area in its 15th annual sustainability report.
Noting its ESG goals throughout 2021, the global gaming and lottery firm aims to ‘create value for stakeholders, increase its corporate citizenship and enhance reporting’ via its ESG policies.
As a result, it highlighted four key areas that it made progress in throughout 2021 as it aims to ‘operate as an industry-leading sustainable business’.
Firstly, IGT reported its commitment to valuing and protecting its people by looking after its staff. This included issuing its first Human Rights Policy Statement, outlining its belief that sustainable principles begin with respecting the basic rights to which all human beings are entitled’.
Meanwhile, an effort was made to improve the diversity and inclusion of its senior leadership and wider staff base.
The second area of ESG progress made is advancing its corporate responsibility, recognising the implementation of its Global Responsible Gaming Policy. This also earned IGT recertification from the World Lottery Association’s Associate Member Corporate Social Responsibility Standard and Certification Framework.
Thirdly, IGT noted its support for the local communities that it operates in and where its staff reside. In 2021, the firm created a program aligning with the UN’s sustainable development goals, liaising with communities and employees to create an initiative giving towards good causes.
Primarily in 2021, charitable aid mostly went towards providing basic needs to communities affected particularly badly by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Finally, IGT joined the Science Based Targets Initiative, which aims to tackle climate change amongst businesses globally. The commitment sees IGT pledge to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and lower its carbon emissions.
“IGT understood the vast importance of sustainability 15 years ago when we issued the Company’s first Sustainability Report, and our 2021 Sustainability Report underscores the progress we have made since then,” said Vince Sadusky, IGT CEO.
“We are developing our sustainability plans to further integrate sustainability across the entire value chain and improve the ESG impact throughout our daily operations. Highlighted in our 2021 Sustainability Report, this plan outlines strategic goals that will drive our ESG performance, now and in the future.”