Gamesys becomes UN Global Compact signatory & gains ISS ESG rating

Online gaming operator Gamesys Group has received ‘Prime Status’ by the Institutional Shareholder Services group of companies’ environment, social and governance rating scheme.

The scheme evaluates companies against a comprehensive suite of over 100 metrics relating to a broad range of ESG issues, with indicators constantly reviewed and developed to align with latest scientific findings, technological developments, regulatory changes and the social debate.

ISS says that Prime Status is “awarded to companies with an ESG performance above the sector-specific prime threshold, which means that they fulfil ambitious absolute performance requirements”.

Gamesys’ ISS Prime Status is complemented by strong performance in a number of other ESG rating schemes, including Vigeo Eiris, Bloomberg and FTSE4Good, with the group also becoming a UN Global Compact signatory.

The UN Global Company, centred around ten principles that fall within the categories of human rights, labour, environment, and anti-corruption, is a voluntary based initiative based on CEO commitment to implement universal sustainability principles and to take steps to support UN goals.

Kevin Clegg, sustainability director at Gamesys, explained: “We are delighted to have achieved ISS Prime Status, which is the culmination of several work streams that we have put into place to establish Gamesys as industry leaders for ESG. 

“We’ve set up the Gamesys Foundation, launched a target to become operationally carbon neutral this year, introduced a global Human Rights Policy and are proud to have recently become signatories of the UN Global Compact. 

“The latter solidifies our ongoing commitment to best practice in relation to human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. Alongside all this is, of course, our unwavering commitment to responsible gambling.

“We take player well being extremely seriously and undertake extensive measures to mitigate problem gambling and to promote socially responsible play.”