BCLC Receives Prestigious Award for Promoting Inclusivity

To this date, the British Columbia Lottery Corporation continues to be among the highest-ranking employees across the globe. Last week, the Crown agency shared that it has been recognized for its efforts in advancing Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging or DI&B by HR Director Canada. The BCLC has been assigned a 5-Star Diversity & Inclusion Employer for its tireless efforts for authentic inclusivity.

The BCLC is a state-run corporation that regulates and offers land-based and online gambling and lottery products in the province of British Columbia. It prides itself in reinvesting all of its proceeds into the province’s economy, as funds are poured into healthcare, education, support for local community groups and organizations, and more.

Acknowledged for its Practices

Last week, the BCLC become the only Canadian company to be acknowledged in the category as a 5-star Diversity & Inclusion Employer for going above and beyond in its efforts to promote inclusivity. This category is given to the top companies that employ between 500 to 2,499 individuals. Thus, marking yet another socially responsible honor for the Crown organization.

Sandy Austin, Interim Chief People Officer for the Crown corporation, said that as a social-purpose company, the BCLC tries to provide win-wins for the people and the fostering of a more inclusive culture is a vital point for them. The executive shared that the Crown is proud of its accomplishments, but there is still more work to be done on diversity, inclusion, and belonging for everyone.

For the Crown, DI&B means investing in locals and introducing inclusive policies, processes, and structures to create a culture of inclusion that also supports the growth and development of all employees. Its goal is to establish a working environment free of discrimination and which is also open to diverse perspectives, and all of its employees are seen, heard, and belong.

Back in 2021, the BCLC started its new DI&B policy, which backs its value of respect, integrity, and community. It also further cements the Crown’s commitment to equity, inclusion, and anti-racism. The Crown believes that the process will be a long one with plenty of work to be done, but it remains passionate and committed to making it a reality.

Recently, the BCLC was also recognized by Corporate Knights for its service and contributions to the well-being of local communities. In March Corporate Knights published its inaugural social purpose report titled The Social Purpose Transition Pathway: Helping companies move from “say” to “do”, which determined that the BCLC has been awarded a platinum rating for its social purpose practices.

Partnering Up with SIGA

This month, the Crown corporation has also been selected as the operator to help with Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority’s first legal iGaming market. President and CEO of SIGA, Zane Hansen, predicts that the new online platform and the mobile app could be up and running by October this year. The app will offer all kinds of gaming and sports betting offerings, including single-event wagering, said SIGA.

Source: “BCLC Recognized for Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Efforts”, BCLC, June 23, 2022

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Yolina has followed closely the latest development on the Canadian gaming scene over the past years, monitoring the land-based, lottery, and online offerings up for grabs. The dynamic nature of the local lottery and casino fields, as well as the opportunities lying ahead of Canada fire her enthusiasm for what is to come. A sports betting enthusiast, in her spare time Yolina could be found in her natural habitat – turning the pages of biographies and catching up on the latest stand-up comedy podcasts.