Digital addiction is a growing concern across many industries, especially as technology continues to advance. And the gambling industry could have a head start with tackling this topic to benefit all of their stakeholders.
But just how far can the gaming industry run with sustainability and responsibility?
This is one of the main topics that will be discussed at the upcoming World Regulatory Briefing (WrB) in London. The 2017 edition, which will be held at the OXO2 in London on Sept. 12, will explore market developments in the gaming sector and how the industry and its stakeholders can live in harmony with responsible gambling.
One of the panels, composed of MP Philip Davies, Bournemouth University Professor Rainan Ali and Gambling Therapy head of therapy Pedro Romero, will discuss the benefits of indexing, transparency and reporting sustainability, as well as measuring the value of corporate social responsibility from an outside industry model.
Hillevi Stuhrenberg, manager from responsible gaming and CSR at Betsson Malta Ltd., will discuss the complexities of building a responsible gambling strategy now cross the paths of multiple departments within an organization—from technology and compliance to data. The session aims to help companies develop training and education programs around problem gambling for employees, among other things.
In the afternoon, Alison Gardner, head of corporate responsibility at Camelot, Lauren Devine-Monaghan, head of responsible gambling at Mr Green, and Roger Parkes, global head of compliance and regulatory affairs at Betway, will sit on a panel discussing how creating a responsible gambling proposition can add to an organization’s bottom line. The panel will also talk about the changing social perception of gambling and the importance of communicating progress and innovation to gambling stakeholders.
Another panel discussion will take examples from other jurisdictions to learn about the success factors and challenges of the self-exclusion programs. Clement-Martin Saint-Leon, head of consumer protection at Arjel, Clive Hawkswood, CEO of Remote Gambling Association, and Kira Brianka, legal officer of the Danish Gambling Authority, will look at the Danish self-exclusion program and how the industry-based model has been effective so far.
“Responsible gambling technology advances are moving at a rapid pace, this combined with gaming’s adoption of CSR and transparency is making RG the responsibility of multiple departments within your company,” said organizer Clarion Events. “The 2017 edition will set the tone for the responsible gambling agenda for the next 12 months.”
The 2017 edition of WrB London will have two exhibitors: online gaming software supplier Playtech and interactive sports betting solutions and services provider SBTech.