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AGA Report: Gaming Operators Give Back To Society More Than Private Sector Counterparts

Report Shows Gaming Operators Donated $367 Million And 422,000 Hours To Charity In 2018

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The American Gaming Association released a study Wednesday that dove into corporate social responsibility from gaming operators in the United States. Corporate social responsibility is how the private sector uses profits to help benefit society.

The results made the gambling world look good.

The study found that gaming industry respondents reported $367 million in charitable giving last year and that gaming industry employees contribute more than 422,000 hours of volunteer work per year, which is nearly five times as much as tech industry employees.

“Above all else, the gaming industry’s highest priority is to promote responsibility in all that we do, from being constructive partners in the communities where we operate, providing exceptional career opportunities to industry employees and ensuring all patrons have the tools they need to engage in our offerings in a responsible manner,” said AGA President and CEO Bill Miller. “Today’s report shows that the gaming industry is making good on our promise to be responsible community partners, contributing economically and socially to communities across the country.”

Aside from donating time and money, most gaming operators also implemented policies to help the environment, and push for workplace equality. A reported 93 percent have comprehensive recycling and energy efficient programs, which is 50 percent higher than the private sector as a whole, while 69 percent of respondents have an institutionalized diversity and inclusion hiring effort.

The report was based on a survey that was distributed in third fiscal quarter of last year. The AGA surveyed and interviewed 15 AGA members on the ‘scale and scope of their corporate social responsibilities.’ Those companies represent 168 U.S. properties, 235,352 employees and generated $33 billion in revenue.