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INITIATIVES

The ECA works continuously to face the challenges of a changing industry. Our initiatives aim to support our members in embracing the change in several areas – from gender diversity and inclusion to action against climate change, protection of vulnerable players and anti-corruption.

Since 2015 the European Casino Association (ECA) has been committed to the UN Global Compact corporate responsibility initiative and its principles in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption.

The ECA supports the aims of the UN Global Compact and actively works towards them through a number of different initiatives with its members and stakeholders in line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and the ten principles of the UN Global Compact.

More information on the UN Global Compact can be found here https://www.unglobalcompact.org/.

Communication on Engagement

To demonstrate engagement with the UN Global Compact, participants must submit a Communication on Engagement. This discloses the specific activities that participants take in support of the UN Global Compact.

ECA Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship

A Beacon of Change

Scholarship partners

Clarion Gaming
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Welcome to the European Casino Association's Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship platform. This scholarship is our passionate response to the critical need for diversity and inclusion in the casino industry. It is our firm conviction that every voice matters and every individual brings a unique perspective that strengthens and enriches our community. Each year, we take immense pride in awarding this distinguished scholarship to two exceptional individuals from our member casinos, following a rigorous evaluation process. Valued at 12,000 euros each, these scholarships are made possible through the generous support of our sponsors AGEM, Clarion, and the UNLV International Gaming Institute.
 
Now celebrating its sixth year, this singular scholarship enables recipients to attend the prestigious Executive Development Programme (EDP) in the stunning locale of Lake Tahoe, USA. The EDP is a joint venture between the UNLV International Gaming Institute and the University of Nevada, Reno College of Business and Extended Studies.
 
In the modern era, diversity and inclusion are not just about representation. They're about bringing together a multitude of voices, experiences and perspectives to drive innovation, foster creativity and enhance decision-making. The EDP, a top-tier leadership program, is designed to arm gaming executives with the vital skills and knowledge they need to rise through the ranks in the international casino industry. With a legacy spanning over three decades, the EDP is heralded as a benchmark for those seeking to enhance their leadership prowess and strategic thinking capabilities. It offers an unparalleled platform for industry peers worldwide to share, learn, and implement best practices.
 
The ECA Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship, therefore, is not just an award; it's a vision for a more inclusive and diverse casino industry. It's an affirmation of our commitment to nurturing the next generation of leaders who will champion these values, ensuring that the future of our industry is as diverse as the customers we serve.

How the EDP Scholarship is organised?

Each year, the European Casino Association (ECA) invites its members to nominate promising leaders for the ECA Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship Programme for the Executive Development Program (EDP). The ECA is committed to fostering diversity and inclusion in the land-based casino industry, believing that a diverse environment enhances employee satisfaction and engagement. The ECA Diversity Scholarship aims to empower underrepresented groups, providing them with the opportunity to bring their unique perspectives to leadership roles.

Now in its sixth year, the ECA Diversity Scholarship will once again enable two ECA member employees to participate in the prestigious EDP, a collaboration between the Universities of Las Vegas and Reno.

The scholarship, valued at approximately 12,000 euros, covers all expenses, including travel, accommodation, and the training programme. We extend our gratitude to our partners, Clarion, AGEM, and the Universities of Las Vegas and Reno, for their unwavering support of this initiative.

The EDP is a leading gaming leadership course, jointly designed by the UNLV International Gaming Institute and the University of Nevada. Over the past thirty years, it has become a touchstone for gaming executives seeking to elevate their careers, honing leadership, management skills, and strategic thinking.

To nominate a candidate, ECA members have to ensure they meet the following criteria:

  • Employment with a direct or indirect ECA member
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Minimum of 2-3 years experience in a middle management position or above in the land-based casino industry
  • Aspiration to hold a leadership position
  • Identification for future career development by the employer
  • Availability for PR outreach

In order for the jury to select suitable candidates, to following documents must be submitted for a valid nomination:

  1. CV
  2. Completed nomination form
  3. A recommendation letter from an executive in the candidate's company
  4. A picture of the candidate

Please note that only candidates who meet the criteria and have submitted the required documents will be considered.

The scholarship jury consists of 4 members who are representatives of the four entities that are partners in this Scholarship programme: The European Casino Association, Clarion, AGEM and the Executive Development Programme.

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Alliance Against Illegal Gambling

The Alliance Against Illegal Gambling (AAIG) is an initiative launched in December 2020 by the ECA in partnership with the European Lotteries (EL) and the World Tote Association (WTA). The aim of this initiative is to support the right to enjoy and play in a nationally licenced, secure gambling environment and fight illegal gambling.

The Alliance represents over 150 licenced operators in the gambling and lottery sector in Europe, who together contribute more than 35 billion euros each year to good causes and state budgets. The Alliance issued an open letter to support the European Commission’s Digital Services Act, which includes new rules to tackle illegal online content, and to reiterate the importance of joining voices in the fight against illegal gambling.


Responsible Gaming Standard

The ECA strongly believes that the promotion of responsible gaming in land-based and online casinos serves the interests of both customers and the industry alike.

Only the implementation of effective and efficient responsible gaming measures will ensure the protection of vulnerable customers and create a positive perception among the general public which forms the basis for a prosperous and sustainable future for individual operators and the sector as a whole.

ECA members developed an association and industry-led approach to responsible gaming built on best practices and a European-wide exchange of information. This culminated in the joint development of a responsible gaming Framework that sets an industry standard for a practical approach to managing Responsible Gaming.