Our Engagement in Line with the SDGs
We consider it our duty to contribute towards the achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The SDGs were adopted by the United Nations in 2016. The 17 SDGs and a further 169 sub-goals are an urgent call for action to resolve global ecological, economic and social challenges by the year 2030. The vision extends from the eradication of poverty through to the increased use of renewable energies and the creation of decent work for all.
We focus our engagement on all SDGs that could be significantly impacted by our business activities. These are as follows:
- Good health and well-being (SDG 3)
- Quality education (SDG 4)
- Gender equality (SDG 5)
- Decent work and economic growth (SDG 8)
- Responsible consumption and production (SDG 12)
- Climate action (SDG 13)
- Peace, justice and strong institutions (SDG 16)
- Partnerships for the goals (SDG 17)
SDG 3 - Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Nowadays, many people live healthier lives than was possible in the past. Nonetheless, there is still much suffering in the world. We strive to provide our staff with the best possible health-related support and guarantee them secure jobs. For them and their families. The “Top Employer” Action Field in our CSR strategy addresses these and other topics.
SDG 4 - Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
Education influences the social and economic development of a society. The education landscape in Austria is well-developed. When compared with other countries, Austria lies in the top third for the education level of its population. Our Group offers a broad range of training and education options – from apprenticeships and croupier training programs through to opportunities to learn new skills in different areas on a part-time basis. We also place a focus on teaching our staff about sustainable development and sustainable ways of life. The “Top Employer” and “Good for Austria” Action Fields in our CSR strategy address these topics.
SDG 5 - Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Gender equality and empowerment of women are prerequisites for poverty reduction, economic growth and social development. For a long time, women in Austria did not have the same rights as men, and there is still much to be done to achieve equality for women and men in the Austrian labor market, where women remain disadvantaged in many areas. Gender is a focus topic in our Diversity Roadmap in the “Top Employer” Action Field in our CSR strategy. Our long-term goal is to incorporate men and women equally and sustainably into all areas of our business. To achieve this, we want to actively raise the share of women in management positions in our Group, support our talented young female staff through a special mentoring program and achieve a gender balance in our new and replacement hires in all areas.
SDG 8 - Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
Fair pay is a prerequisite for the eradication of poverty. We consider it one of our core duties to create fairly paid jobs in Austria. Through our close ties to our domestic suppliers and the so-called effects on demand, jobs are created and secured each year in Austria along our supply chain. As a key player in the Austrian tourism sector, we support local culture and regional products. The “Top Employer” and “Good for Austria” Action Fields in our CSR strategy address these topics.
SDG 12 - Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
The Earth Overshoot Day comes earlier each year. By 1 August 2018, humanity had already consumed all the raw materials and natural resources that the Earth could regenerate in that year. To counteract this phenomenon, we strive towards the sustainable use of materials and address this topic in the correspondingly named Action Field in our CSR strategy. We also see it as our responsibility to encourage our customers and guests to consume our products in a sustainable manner. In other words, encouraging them to only gamble responsibly and within their means. This is precisely the focus of the “Player Protection of the Highest Quality” Action Field in our CSR strategy.
SDG 13 - Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
Climate protection is one of the biggest global and regional challenges of our time. Industrialization has seen temperatures rise rapidly. Countries, organizations, companies and individuals all have to take action to bring about change. We take our responsibility to the environment very seriously. Each year, we take measures to improve our energy efficiency and strive to continuously reduce our carbon footprint. To help us achieve these goals, we have included a “Climate Protection” Action Field in our CSR strategy.
SDG 16 - Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
To promote peaceful and inclusive societies, we must reduce all forms of violence and bring an end to all forms of torture and organized violence. We must also focus on reducing corruption and bribery as well as the illegal flow of weapons and money. To help achieve this goal, our Group has put a strict compliance management system in place, which is incorporated into our CSR strategy in the “Compliance on all Levels” Action Field.
SDG 17 - Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals can only be achieved if we all work together. Accordingly, we work with all manner of different national and international partners to support the exchange of knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources. We do so at national level above all through our CSR partnerships. At an international level, we strive to advance sustainability in our industry through our membership in key associations like the European Casino Association, the European Lotteries and the World Lotteries Association.