IGT Recognized for its Efforts in Diversity and Sustainability
November 19, 2020
International Game Technology (IGT) has been honoured with an award for its sustainability business practices, as well as being recognized for its efforts in furthering diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
IGT won the "Sustainable Business Award" for gaming industry suppliers in the inaugural Industry Community Awards. The awards recognize companies and individuals within the gaming industry that have gone above and beyond in helping others and in tackling major issues brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and are produced by the same organization responsible for the annual International Gaming Awards and the Women in Gaming Diversity Awards.
The company was honoured for its sustainable business practices that are anchored by four key pillars: Valuing People, Advancing Responsibility, Supporting Communities, and Fostering Sustainable Operations.
"IGT's commitment to sustainable business practices guides our every action and continues to create value for our employees, customers, and stakeholders," said Wendy Montgomery , IGT SVP Global Brand, Marketing and Communications. "IGT winning the 'Sustainable Business Award' in the 2020 Industry Community Awards is a reflection of our company-wide dedication to supporting our people and the communities where we do business, and a byproduct of the hard work and focus of our global workforce."
Meanwhile, IGT has also been recognized by the All-In Diversity Project (AIDP) as one of the highest-ranking participants in AIDP’s 2019 All-Index™ report, an annually published benchmarking tool that measures the global gaming and betting industry’s progress toward inclusion in the workplace.
Of the 26 entities from around the world that participated in the 2019 survey, IGT received the second-highest score out of 100, with only a five-point difference between it and the top-ranked participant. IGT’s ranking represents a significant increase compared to its ninth-place results among 25 respondents in the AIDP’s inaugural 2018 report.
Developed in partnership with the Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice at Oxford Brookes University in the U.K., the All-Index™ Report aims to track year-over-year progress by providing an accurate picture of diversity, equality and inclusion across the global gaming and betting sector by collecting data on people, corporate governance, internal policies, recruitment practices, equal pay, employment legislation, company benefits, and advocacy.
Organizations elect to participate and voluntarily share their data directly with AIDP, and participation is open to any organization of any size and in any location serving the gaming and betting industry.
“The latest All-Index results demonstrate that IGT has made significant progress advancing our goal of creating a more diverse and inclusive workplace,” said Kim Barker Lee, IGT Vice President, Inclusion and Diversity. “While there’s still much work to do, the success of ongoing initiatives like our internal diversity training for executives, employee diversity and Inclusion groups, and our regional and global diversity and Inclusion councils prove that with a holistic, company-wide approach and the support of the highest levels of leadership, it’s possible to foster a more inclusive and equitable culture, which ultimately creates a more competitive and successful organization.”
“We congratulate IGT on their second-place ranking in the 2019 All-Index and commend them for their transparency and eagerness to share best practices and areas for improvement,” said Kelly Kehn, Co-Founder of the All-in Diversity Project. “With two reports completed, we now have a tangible set of data showing what diversity, equality, and inclusion looks like in practice, and IGT’s rapid escalation to a top position in the latest index shows that the company has already been able to achieve substantial D&I goals in just a year.”
AIDP is the first global not-for-profit dedicated to being the central resource for diversity, inclusion and equality for the global gaming and betting sector.