William Hill Plc has registered as the highest-ranking European gambling business to appear in the annual Diversity Leaders Index’ of the Financial Times, monitoring the advancement of corporate inclusivity directives among the largest companies in Europe.
The FT index, composed by research partner Statista, tests employee understanding of the inclusiveness and efficacy of organisations in addressing complex challenges in enhancing organisational diversity in terms of gender balance, tolerance to sexual identity, race, ethnicity, age and disability.
Following the events of an unprecedented year in which workers were forced to work from home en masse and global social justice campaigns to put equality and equal representation at the forefront of corporate and political agendas, the FT announced that its 2020 index had attracted considerable public attention.
William Hill ranked as the top placed European gambling incumbent with a ranking of 7.58, indexing 150 out of 15,000 businesses with over 100,000 surveyed employees.
Meanwhile, the UK subsidiary of FTSE rival GVC Holdings, Ladbrokes Coral, was the only other gambling firm to register on the index, ranked 793, with a score of 6.98.
Statista, leading the report, reported that it specifically targeted the opinions of under-represented’ communities in working environments, including women of colour and disabled people who were given more weight in the study.’
This November, the All-in Diversity Project (AiDP) released its second annual report evaluating the make-up of the workforce and leadership composition of the global gambling business, industry diversity and inclusivity without benefit.
Analysing 2019 data from 26 gambling companies, AiDP said that women’s representation at the boardroom level had decreased and the industry faced pay parity issues as without exception, every salary band shows males earning more than females.”