Gaming operator Penn National Gaming has shared its 2021 Corporate Social Responsibility Report. The dossier details “Penn’s commitment to its people, communities and planet,” and includes major new diversity and charitable initiatives launched over the past year.
The report details how Penn National, which operates more than 40 facilities in the US and Canada, is addressing the CSR matters that are seen as most important to the business and stakeholders, and the progress the company has made in advancing its CSR strategy over the last year.
“This year’s report highlights the many ways in which we are advancing our corporate social responsibility priorities through the creation of new and sustainable initiatives that are deeply impactful and represent our company’s core values,” said Jay Snowden, CEO and President, Penn National.
We are proud to release our 2021 Corporate Social Responsibility report. In the report, we detail the progress we have made in advancing our CSR strategy and commitments over the last year. Read the report here: https://t.co/hdDZYdH9WX pic.twitter.com/8BikRWf82V— Penn National Gaming (@PNGamingInc) April 29, 2022
The gaming company includes among its priorities giving back to its team members; supporting and encouraging diversity; helping the underserved in its communities; expanding responsible gaming efforts; and being responsible stewards of the planet’s natural resources.
Key highlights of the report include a major new diversity initiative, which includes the dedication of more than $4 million to fund a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Scholarship Program in partnership with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in states where Penn National operates.
The Hollywood Casino brand operator also committed $1 million to its annual Diversity Scholarship Program for the children of team members; and launched the myheroes special rewards program for veterans, active duty service members and first responders, which reached over 100,000 enrollees in the program.
“We understand the increasingly important role that Penn plays as a leading employer and entertainment provider and are committed to achieving our business objectives the right way,” added Snowden. “Across Penn, we’re taking action to build on our 2021 accomplishments and further expand our company-wide CSR efforts in caring for our team members, our guests, our communities and our environment.”
Additionally, the report shows the company contributed more than $7 million to help fund COVID-19 and hurricane relief efforts, in addition to supporting charities and civic organizations. The operator also launched the Emerging Leaders Program last year, which focuses on supporting hourly and early career team members eager to grow into leadership positions at Penn.
As part of its commitment to the planet, Penn National reduced annual Kwh consumption by 10%, equaling 45,000 tons of greenhouse gas elimination. It also expanded responsible gaming efforts through increased promotion of RG messaging across its casino and interactive products.
The full 2021 CSR report is available here.