U.S. Chamber Foundation and American Gaming Association Release Comprehensive Industry Responsibility Report for Casino and Gaming Industry

February 27, 2019

Landmark Report is One of the First Comprehensive Analyses of an Industry’s Community Impact

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Corporate Citizenship Center and the American Gaming Association (AGA) today announced the release of new research findings analyzing the scope and scale of the gaming industry’s community impact. The report, “Corporate Social Responsibility in the Gaming Industry,” is one of the first, comprehensive, industry-wide research studies of its kind. 

“While corporate social responsibility (CSR) reports continue to become standard practice among American businesses, it is rare to see the collective impact of an entire sector,” said Carolyn Cawley, president of the U.S. Chamber Foundation. “We’re proud to work with AGA to release this groundbreaking research that illustrates the gaming industry’s positive efforts in the communities they serve.” 

Through quantitative and qualitative research, the Chamber Foundation explored AGA member companies’ CSR programs, their execution, and the rationale that drives the companies to run specific types of community programs. By engaging with a variety of company types and sizes, this research reveals that the gaming industry is leading in many aspects of CSR programming and engagement. 

Key findings from the report include:

  • Gaming industry respondents reported $367 million in charitable giving last year. 
  • Sixty-nine percent of gaming industry respondents say they have an institutionalized diversity and inclusion in their hiring efforts and practices.
  • Ninety-three percent of gaming industry respondents have a comprehensive recycling program.

“Above all else, the gaming industry’s highest priority is to promote responsibility in all that we do, from being constructive partners in the communities where we operate, providing exceptional career opportunities to industry employees, and ensuring all patrons have the tools they need to engage in our offerings in a responsible manner,” said Bill Miller, president and chief executive officer of the American Gaming Association. “Today’s report shows that the gaming industry is making good on our promise to be responsible community partners, contributing economically and socially to communities across the country, and I thank the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Corporate Citizenship Center for their partnership in helping us tell the story of our industry’s strong commitment to corporate social responsibility.” 

Additionally, the research showed that the majority of companies agreed that the overall success of their industry depends on how well they can support the communities they serve, and CSR is an integral part of their strategic goals. The full research is available here

The American Gaming Association is the premier national trade group representing the $261 billion U.S. casino industry, which supports 1.8 million jobs nationwide. AGA members include commercial and tribal casino operators, gaming suppliers and other entities affiliated with the gaming industry. It is the mission of the AGA to achieve sound policies and regulations consistent with casino gaming’s modern appeal and vast economic contributions.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness. The Foundation educates the public on the conditions necessary for business and communities to thrive, how business positively impacts communities, and emerging issues and creative solutions that will shape the future.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.