Canadian gambling regulator is recognised by the World Lottery Association for having the highest standards of social responsibility.
Tuesday 29th September 2009
In Canada, the Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation (NSGC) has been formally awarded with Level Four certification by the World Lottery Association (WLA) for operating at the highest level of social responsibility standards.
The NSGC is the crown corporation responsible for managing the business of regulated gambling in the province. It submitted an application in December to the WLA’s Independent Assessment Panel asking to be recognised as having achieved the Level Four standards. This Panel is comprised of social responsibility experts and Nova Scotia has now become one of the first gaming jurisdictions in the world to be certified at this level.
“For years now, the NSGC has been driven by a commitment to social responsibility,” said John Luff, a member of the Panel.
“This award takes that commitment to another level. This means putting that commitment to the toughest industry scrutiny. It means global recognition and it means other lotteries will look to the NSGC for help and guidance. In my opinion, NSGC and Nova Scotia should be justly proud.”
The NSGC stated that the application process required it to demonstrate a commitment to social responsibility across 21 areas including stakeholder engagement, retailer training, player education, responsible game design, expert consultation, participation in industry initiatives and public reporting.
“Social responsibility is the cornerstone of every decision we make,” said Marie Mullally, President and Chief Executive Officer for the NSGC.
“This formal recognition from a well-respected panel of social responsibility experts is one we are extremely proud of.”
The NSGC stated that it has invested more than seven million dollars in responsible gambling programmes and problem gambling treatment and prevention over the last twelve months, the highest per capita amount in Canada.