The Hong Kong Jockey Club Awarded the Highest Level International Accreditation on Responsible Gambling

The Hong Kong Jockey Club (the Club) has just been awarded the highest level of accreditaion under the Responsible Gambling Framework of the World Lottery Association (WLA). This is the second time the Club received this recognition and marks a new milestone in responsible gambling practices in the region as the Club is the first in Asia to attain the honour.

The Club was granted the Level 4 (the highest level) in 2011 and the accreditation must be recertified every three years.

There are four levels of accreditation and after being judged by a panel of independent international experts in sustainability and corporate social responsibility, the Club was recertified at the highest level in March 2015. The accreditation requires gambling operators to demonstrate their continous commitment in promoting responsible gambling.

To achieve Level 4, operators must adopt the 10 responsible gambling principles into their day-to-day operations and decision making. These principles cover game design, stakeholders engagement, employee training, public education, problem gambling treatment services referral and monintoring effectiveness of the responsible gambling measures.

The Club is a pioneer in promoting responsible gambling in Hong Kong. In 2003, the Club allocated HK$24 million for the government to set up the Ping Wo Fund, an independent body dedicated to address gambling-related social problems in Hong Kong. The Club’s contributions to the Ping Wo Fund, has increased over the years from $12 million in 2003 to $45 million per annum this year. With our latest four-year commitment commencing this year, our total contributions will exceed HK$362 million by 2018/19. Over 15,000 problem and pathological gamblers have recevied counselling from the four treatment centres supported by the Ping Wo Fund over the years.