BCLC releases new social responsibility report31/08/2015
BCLC has released its 2014 social responsibility (SR) report. The 2014 report reflects BCLC’s new SR charter and reviews how BCLC is working to be a positive economic, social and environmental presence in B.C.
The newly adopted charter is designed to better align with BCLC corporate goals: Player, People, Public and Profit. It includes eleven corporate measures and twenty-one SR specific measures.
BCLC also follows the Global Reporting Index (GRI) guidelines, a set of social-responsibility standards that help ensure the corporation’s goals and metrics meet international best practices in sustainability reporting.
This summer BCLC was presented with two social responsibility awards: one from La Fleur’s Magazine in recognition of the new social responsibility charter, and one from the National Council on Problem Gambling recognizing BCLC’s leadership in the field.
Highlights of the 2014/15 year include:
- BCLC has maintained its Level 4 certification with the World Lottery Association (WLA) for adopting and putting into action international responsible gambling principles aimed at protecting players in B.C.
- Since the Responsible Gambling Council launched its RG Check accreditation program in 2011/12, all but one of BCLC’s 36 facilities has passed, with the newest facility currently completing the process.
- PlayNow.com became the first online gambling site to receive RG Check Internet accreditation from the Responsible Gambling Council.
- BCLC’s reportable greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) were reduced by 59 tonnes over last year. The Vancouver office diverts 93 per cent of its waste from landfills through recycling and composting.
- BCLC delivered $1.25 billion in net income to the Province of British Columbia. This revenue is used for health care, education, municipal and charitable programs through community gaming grants.
- Nearly $140 million in 2014/15 BCLC net income was distributed by our regulator, Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch, to over 5,000 charities and community organizations.
- A Thompson Rivers University study released in January 2015 estimates BCLC’s head office has had an economic impact of $1.1 billion on the community of Kamloops since it opened on April 1, 1985.