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The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has become the first industry regulator to become a partner in the All-In Diversity Project, an initiative that aims to benchmark diversity, equality and inclusion in the global gaming sector.

Massachusetts gaming law prioritises diversity and inclusion by requiring, among other measures, that casino establish training programmes promote the development of a skilled and diverse workforce and regularly provide to the commission statistical reports on the diversity of that workforce.

Additionally, casino developers are expected to set diversity hiring goals and submit strategic plans to develop a diverse workforce that provides employment opportunities for the unemployed and underemployed.

Jill Griffin, the commission’s director of workforce, supplier and diversity development, said: “The commission is steadfast in its mission to ensure the gaming industry in Massachusetts is inclusive and provides opportunities that reflect the diversity of the Commonwealth.

“MGC is grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with our global partners on this important initiative to identify and share the gaming industry’s most promising practices to ensure economic benefit for all.”

Co-founder of the All-In Diversity Project Kelly Kehn added: “We launched the project believing that collaboration amongst educators, regulators and operators was essential for change.

“I’m proud to say that we are taking another step forward with the MGC on board.”