Committed to Responsible Gaming
Licences to permit the provision of business-to-business services for pari-mutuel betting on horse and greyhound racing are held by our companies in over 30 jurisdictions in the Americas and Europe. Licences for business-to-consumer activity for the same products are held in Connecticut and Holland.
Sportech employs security and compliance staff whose primary role is to ensure that our customers are treated fairly, that our advertising is compliant with advertising standards and codes, that the young and vulnerable are prevented from accessing our products and that abuse and illegal behaviour are identified and stopped. All gaming products are subject to age restrictions and age verification software is employed where appropriate.
We actively promote GamCare, the charity providing support to those suffering through a gambling problem, to our customers and nearly £0.5m has been contributed to the Responsible Gambling Trust, GamCare’s major funder, and to its predecessor bodies over recent years. The Venues business in Connecticut contributes over £0.1m annually to promote responsible gambling in the state.
Support for Charitable Initiatives
Over the past 10 years, Sportech businesses have raised and donated over £21m ($28m) for charitable initiatives.
This includes generating over £14m ($18m) via our Sportech Bump 50:50 charitable in stadia gaming technology for professional sports team foundations, which in turn donate to good causes within their local communities.
We are proud of our heritage of giving and we are committed to continuing to support the local communities in which our businesses operate.
Committed to our Employees
Sportech is acutely aware of the vital contribution of employees to the future success of the business and recognises the importance of providing employees with information on matters of concern to them. Our Investor in People accreditation reflects the progressive training and development programmes that are in place within the business.
We are committed to equality of opportunity and dignity at work for all, irrespective of race, colour, creed, ethnic or national origins, gender, marital status, sexuality, disability, class or age. In the UK, it is our policy to comply with the requirements of the Disability and Equality Act 2010 in offering equality of opportunity to disabled persons applying for employment, selection being made on the basis of the most suitable person for the job in respect of experience and qualifications.
Sportech proactively addresses health and safety management and we have a programme of risk identification, management and improvement in place, which is reviewed by The Board monthly at each Board meeting.
Committed to our Environment
The nature of the business results in the principal impact arising from energy and paper consumption. Wherever possible, waste consumable materials are recycled or disposed of in a manner most suitable to reduce any impact on the natural environment. Our business practices also encourage environmental good practice, and the increasing use of technology to facilitate information and data collection and dissemination has led to reduced demand for paper resources.
In compliance with the Companies Act 2006 (Strategic Report and Directors’ Reports) Regulations 2013 requirements, Sportech is now reporting on greenhouse gas emissions in our Annual Report.