Svenska Spel appointed most responsible gaming company

At the World Lottery Association’s conference in Rhodes in October 2008, Svenska Spel was appointed the leading gaming company in the area of responsible gaming among WLA:s 130 members in 76 countries. 

"It is fantastic and a major recognition for the resonsibility work we pursue and invest heavily in its continued development", says Svenska Spel's acting CEO Anders Hägg.

Finance Minister Anders Borg announced that he was proud of the company and the award.

During the World Lottery Association’s (WLA) previous conference in Singapore in 2006, it was decided to establish a prize to encourange the industry's work with responsible gaming. The prize – the WLA Award for Responsible Gaming Excellence – will be awarded to the company among the organisation's members that represents ‘best practice' within the area of responsible gaming.

In 2008 WLA president Arch Gleason and the jury's Chairman, Mike Randall, announced that the prize would go to Svenska Spel, as the company "overall shows first class behaviour in the area of responsible gaming." Svenska Spel also won first prize in the 'best training programme for gaming agent/retailer' sub-category.

The jury consisted of a group of experts in Corporate Social Responsibility. The members of the jury all came from other industries, e.g. banking and trade and industry.

Svenska Spel's acting CEO, Anders Hägg said,
"We are of course incredibly pleased and proud, a lot of gaming companies around the world have, in recent years, invested a lot in developing gaming responsibility programmes, so competition for this prize has been tough."  

FACTS World Lottery Association

The World Lottery Association is a society of gaming companies possessing national or regional licences for the markets in which they are active. There are approx. 130 gaming companies from 76 countries on five continents, who together turnover 180 billion US dollars in the organization.

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