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The global leader in gaming and cross-channel software manufacturer International Game Technology (IGT) is partnering with an industry-driven organization called All-In Diversity Project in a joint effort to spread the word on diversity and inclusion across the gaming verticals.
It was back in January when IGT announced the appointment of vice president of diversity and inclusion Kim Barker Lee – responsible for developing and implementation of the company’s ‘first-ever global diversity and inclusion strategy – whereas the new partnership with All-In Diversity Project not-for-profit organization moves to strengthen the company’s cause and to prove dedication and commitment to this important cause.
Explaining the newly-signed partnership with All-In Diversity Project, IGT explains that this initiative aims to benchmark the important values – such as diversity, equality and inclusion – across the gaming spectrum.
This worldwide project is set to provide a year-on-year progress update by highlighting successes, challenges and opportunities, while at the same time aiming to make best-practice recommendations for the gaming industry.
Corporate governance, internal policies, recruitment practices, equal pay, employment legislation, unconscious bias and marketing are only some of the important aspects that fall within the jurisdiction.
IGT vice president of diversity and inclusion Kim barker Lee states that the unique shape of the gaming industry is in need of its own benchmarking so that it could yield the most reliable and applicable data to help it grow and progress.
“We need an open discussion on industry-specific barriers to inclusion and diversity, and offer opportunities to improve. Understanding where we are today will inform what we need to do to move the bar and make a lasting impact.”, Kim Barker Lee said.
All-In Diversity Project co-founder Christina Thakor-Rankin has placed a particular highlight on gender diversity which – to this date – stands as one of the most pronounced issues the industry faces.
“Gender diversity is not about pushing quotas or agendas,”, she said.
Thakor-Rankin claims the All-In Diversity Project aims to acknowledge the expectations and aspirations of the next generation of both employees and customers, expressing at the same time the need for changes ‘we all need to make in order to prosper in the future’.