December 7, 2020

Raison d’être: FDJ launches its Stakeholder Committee


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Boulogne-Billancourt (France), 7 December 2020 – The FDJ Group has announced the launch of its Stakeholder Committee. Its aim is to facilitate dialogue between the Group and stakeholders in its socio-economic environment regarding the major challenges facing its business, and to oversee the implementation of the commitments it has made, following the publication of its “raison d’être” (purpose). This approach reflects the Group’s priority to ensure that the results of this exercise are practical and can be rolled out operationally.

After adding the Group’s raison d’être to the introduction to its Articles of Association, approved at the Shareholders’ Meeting on 18 June 2020, six commitments were made to put this purpose into practice. They cover the gaming offering, customer experience, responsible gaming policy, social and environmental initiatives, and support for local businesses.

FDJ Group’s commitments

These six commitments were drawn up through a collaborative effort, based on work including the company’s employees, its stakeholders, and experts in CSR and corporate governance.

They cover key components of the company’s business:

  • Develop an entertaining, secure and responsible gaming offering
  • Support customers at every stage of their experience at points of sale and online
  • Limit problem gambling and prevent underage gambling
  • Expand community, social and environmental initiatives
  • Help preserve local businesses everywhere FDJ operates
  • Promote a responsible gaming model internationally 

A forum for dialogue to oversee the implementation of FDJ’s commitments

The FDJ Group’s Stakeholder Committee met for the first time via videoconference in early December, together with Stéphane Pallez, Chairwoman and CEO of FDJ, and Charles Lantieri, the Group’s Deputy CEO.

The aim of its launch is to foster high-level dialogue on the Group’s transversal issues, and in particular to oversee the implementation of the commitments defined following the adoption of its raison d’être. The committee will offer new perspectives, enable discussion on initiatives taken by the company in application of its raison d’être, pass on expectations and suggest opportunities for progress and improvement.

The committee has 13 members and is chaired by Rose-Marie Van Lerberghe, who previously served as Director General of the AP-HP hospital system and Chairwoman of Korian.

The committee’s members represent the diversity of FDJ’s main stakeholders and/or have expertise in the Group’s key areas of interest, in connection with the topics covered by its raison d’être.

Stéphane Pallez, Chairwoman and CEO of FDJ Group, said: “FDJ was born out of an outpouring of support for wounded veterans of World War One, 85 years ago. Adopting our raison d’être was a way for us to reaffirm this unique identity, along with our ambition to ensure that growth goes hand in hand with support for our communities. Today, by announcing our commitments and launching our Stakeholder Committee, we’ve reached another milestone in this journey. I’d like to sincerely thank the members of this committee for agreeing to work alongside us. Their expertise and constructive critical thinking will be invaluable in pushing us to go even further.”

Rose-Marie Van Lerberghe, Chairwoman of the FDJ Group’s Stakeholder Committee, commented: “This committee brings together a highly diverse group of French and international members whose expertise and experience in Europe and North America, along with their desire to establish a rigorous, constructive dialogue, will be precious in helping the FDJ group implement its raison d’être and address its top priorities.”

The 13 members of the Stakeholder Committee

Elisabeth Belmas, historian and gaming specialist, general secretary of the Jeu et Sociétés (gaming and society) research group; Joëlle Bottalico, vice-president of the HCVA (the French high council for non-profit organisations); Christian Bucher, psychiatrist and addiction expert; Jean-Baptiste Carpentier, head of compliance for the Veolia group; Marion Caspers-Merck, former managing director of the Baden-Württemberg lottery; Caroline Cayeux, mayor of Beauvais, president of the ANCT (the French national agency for regional cohesion) and of the Villes de France association of elected officials; Philippe Coy, president of the French Confederation of Tobacconists; Laurence Devillers, professor of AI at the CNRS and a member of France’s Digital Ethics Committee; Benoit Halgand, a student at École Polytechnique and co-founder of the “Wake-Up Call for the Environment: A Student Manifesto” movement; Philippe Moati, professor of economics and co-president of the Observatoire Société & Consommation think tank; Louise Nadeau, professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Montreal, addiction expert; Daniel Panetto, president of the Culture Presse newsagents’ union; Rose-Marie Van Lerberghe, former director general of the AP-HP hospital system and chairwoman of Korian.

FDJ Group’s raison d’être (purpose), included in the introduction to the company’s Articles of Association

FDJ Group offers people who wish to experience the thrill of gaming and moments of emotion a wide range of responsibly designed games.

Gaming is our business, giving back to society is what drives us, and responsibility is our constant focus.

We promote recreational gaming by accompanying our customers, creating games with built-in integrity, and reducing risks and consequences arising from our activity; we actively help prevent addictive behaviour and underage gambling.

Faithful to the legacy of the French national lottery – created to help wounded World War One soldiers – we continue to support social and community initiatives, and fund good causes.

As key partners of local businesses, we ensure that our games and services are widely available through a dense network of neighbourhood retailers.

Thanks to our committed employees and capacity for innovation we are pursuing our goal of sustainable growth, underpinned by a responsible and socially useful business model, and close collaboration with our stakeholders.

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