US regulator becomes first to support the “All-In Diversity Project”
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission joins collaboration to advance diversity and inclusion within the gaming industry
LONDON – May 9, 2018 – The All-in Diversity Project, an industry-driven initiative that aims to benchmark diversity, equality and inclusion in the global gaming sector, is proud to welcome its first regulator, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC), as a participating partner.
Since its inception, the MGC has demonstrated a strong commitment to ensuring diversity and inclusion within the state’s emerging gaming industry. One of the MGC’s established core values is its commitment to a diverse workforce and supplier base, and an inclusive culture internally and among its partners in the Massachusetts gaming industry. The MGC’s diversity efforts focus on all stages of casino development; design, construction and operations. This is achieved through developing and implementing a series of tangible and innovative strategies to enhance diversity, including the formation of a highly successful “Access and Opportunity Committee” that routinely brings together stakeholders to focus on diverse hiring and contracting, reporting and metric analysis for each gaming licensee; the establishment of grant programs to provide funding to diverse local businesses and workforce development efforts; and the strong support of “Build A Life That Works”, a first-of-its-kind campaign to enhance the number of women in the union building trades.
The Massachusetts gaming law, recognized as one of the most innovative gaming laws in the United States, prioritizes diversity and inclusion by requiring:
- Casinos to establish training programs that promote the development of a skilled and diverse workforce; and regularly provide to the Commission detailed, statistical reports on the diversity of their workforce and vendor contracting; and
- Casino developers to set diversity hiring goals and submit strategic plans to develop a diverse workforce that provides employment opportunities for the unemployed and underemployed; and
- Diversity contracting goals and submit strategic plans for utilizing minority-owned, women-owned, and veteran-owned businesses to participate as contractors in all stages of building their gaming establishments (design, construction, and operation).
MGC Director of Workforce, Supplier and Diversity Development Jill Griffin 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.” Griffin added, “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 commented, “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.”
This was re-iterated by fellow Co-Founder Christina Thakor-Rankin who added: “Our own experiences coupled with numerous conversations with operators, regulators, responsible gaming groups and government bodies around the world, tell us that diversity, equality and inclusion are key to the long-term success of our industry. The challenge for almost everyone is not the ‘why’ we need to change, but the ‘how’ do we change - this is a fantastic example of a ‘how’.”
ABOUT THE MASSACHUSETTS GAMING COMMISSION
The mission of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission is to create a fair, transparent, and participatory process for implementing the expanded gaming law passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor in November 2011. In creating that process, the Commission will strive to ensure that its decision-making and regulatory systems engender the confidence of the public and participants, and that they provide the greatest possible economic development benefits and revenues to the people of the Commonwealth, reduce to the maximum extent possible the potentially negative or unintended consequences of the new legislation, and allow an appropriate return on investment for gaming providers that assures the operation of casino-resorts of the highest quality. For more information on MGC, please visitMassGaming.com or connect and share on Twitter (@MassGamingComm) or Facebook www.facebook.com/MAGamingComm.
ABOUT ALL-IN DIVERSITY PROJECT
The All-in Diversity Project is the industry’s global resource for data pertaining to diversity and inclusion. We collect data through employee surveys and the All-Index— a standard index which is set to be the definitive benchmarking tool for the gambling industry to measure progress towards inclusion in the workplace. Our vision is to shift the paradigm for inclusion through transparency, measurability and actionable tactics. All-in Diversity Project has launched its website and social media campaign and is now registering participants for the All-Index survey. More information can be found at allindiversityproject.com or by firstname.lastname@example.org.
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