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Our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

Successor to the French National Lottery, which was founded in 1933 to help victims of war and farming disasters, FDJ is a company whose social responsibility has been at the heart of its model since its inception.

FDJ is the successor to the French National Lottery, which was founded in 1933 to help victims of the First World War. Since its creation, corporate responsibility has been central to its business model.

Gaming, a regulated sector

In the interests of safeguarding public and social order, FDJ’s purpose under the law – in exchange for the exclusive rights granted to it – is to channel public demand for gaming into a controlled circuit, thereby preventing the risks and potentially negative effects of gambling.

Since 1 January 2020, a new independent authority, the French gaming regulatory authority (ANJ), brings together the regulation of gaming activities in France, currently handled by several entities.

An extensive, recreational and responsible gaming model

The business model promotes extensive, recreational and responsible gaming:

  • Extensive in that it reaches a very large player base;
  • Recreational because it builds on a diversified range of games fostering moderate gaming habits;
  • Responsible by virtue of its proactive policy of preventing excessive and underage gambling.

Social responsibility at the heart of the strategy

Developed in application of ISO 26000, an international standard developed to help organisations effectively assess their social responsibilities, the FDJ Group’s CSR policy is an integral part of its governance and strategy. It is one of the pillars of its integrated management system (IMS), designed to educate employees about CSR challenges and facilitate the effective roll-out of CSR initiatives across all Group entities. CSR is central to the Group’s 2025 strategic plan, notably through its goal of strengthening its actions in the field of responsible gaming with a view to consolidating its benchmark position in the gaming sector in France and Europe.
Another illustration is the inclusion of CSR criteria, stemming notably from the Responsible Gaming approach, among the factors determining the variable compensation of corporate officers.

In-depth dialogue with all stakeholders

The CSR Department is tasked with overseeing the preparation and implementation of CSR initiatives throughout the Group, ensuring their consistency, evaluating their outcomes and facilitating dialogue with stakeholders.

Our CSR policy

The company’s CSR approach is based on six major themes that take into account stakeholder expectations as well as non-financial challenges, particularly those specific to its sector of activity: Responsible Gaming, Integrity, Human Resources, Solidarity, Regions and the Environment.

Because play should be, beyond everything else, recreational, we are committed to promoting moderate habits.
We ensure that the risks associated with our activities are reduced as far as possible, in order to lead by example and boost confidence in our gaming model.
The company cares about the quality of life at work. We put attentiveness, listening, respect and care at the heart of our HR policy.
Solidarity is not an empty word for FDJ; indeed it is the foundation on which we were built. It is a fundamental element in several projects.
Making play accessible to as many people as possible is something that is particularly close to our hearts. We are committed to having dynamic regions and are actively involved in keeping local shops open.
We are committed to an ambitious approach to reducing our carbon impact and contributing to the energy transition.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) set by the United Nations constitute an international frame of reference for CSR, in addition to ISO 26000. The targets set for 2030 are designed to meet three broad objectives: eradicate poverty, protect the planet and guarantee prosperity for all.

Drawing on the recommendations of the SDG Compass, FDJ identified the main SDGs to which the Group contributes via its CSR initiatives in respect of the 169 indicators breaking down the SDGs, and the French roadmap set out in the 2030 Agenda:

Goal 8

Goal 8 : Decent work and sustainable growth

Promoting sustained, shared and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

  • Target 8.3 : Promote development-oriented policies that [...] stimulate the growth of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises and facilitate their integration into the formal sector, including through access to financial services.
  • Target 8.5 : By 2030, achieve full and productive employment and ensure decent work and equal pay for work of equal value for all women and men, including youth and persons with disabilities.
Goal 10

Goal 10 : Reduction of inequalities

Reducing inequalities within and between countries

  • Target 10.3 : Ensure equality of opportunity and reduce inequality of outcomes, including by eliminating discriminatory laws, policies and practices and promoting the adoption of adequate laws, policies and measures in this regard.
  • Target 10.4 : Adopt policies, including budgetary, wage and social protection policies, and progressively achieve greater equality.
Goal 11

Goal 11 : Sustainable Cities and Communities

Promoting sustained, shared and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

  • Target 11.4 : Ensure that cities and human settlements are inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
  • Target 11.7.a : Promote positive economic, social and environmental linkages between urban, peri-urban and rural areas by strengthening national and regional development planning.
Goal 12

Goal 12 : Responsible consumption and production

Establish sustainable consumption and production patterns.

  • Target 12.8 : By 2030, ensure that all people everywhere have the information and knowledge necessary for sustainable development and a lifestyle in harmony with nature.
Goal 13

Goal 13 : Tackling climate change

Take urgent action to address climate change and its impacts.

  • Target 13.2 : Incorporate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning.
Goal 15

Goal 15 : Life on Earth

Conserve and restore terrestrial ecosystems, ensuring their sustainable use, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation and halt the loss of biodiversity.

  • Target 15.2 : By 2020, promote the sustainable management of all types of forests, halt deforestation, restore degraded forests and significantly increase afforestation and reforestation globally.
Goal 16

Goal 16 : Peace, justice and effective institutions

Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, ensure access to justice for all and develop effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

  • Target 16.5 : Significantly reduce corruption and bribery in all its forms.
  • Target 16.6 : Establish effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels.

CSR performance: non-financial ratings

Keen to measure the results of its CSR commitments, FDJ approached non-financial rating agency Vigeo-Eiris, which assessed the Group’s CSR policy and assigned it an A1+ rating. This places FDJ among the 5% of highest-rated companies of the 4,900 companies assessed to date FDJ’s ESG score is 66/100, which is significantly above the average score of other operators in the gaming sector assessed by Vigeo-Eiris, which is 37/100.

 

To date, FDJ is the only company in the gaming sector in France to have submitted its commitments and its CSR governance system to an independent rating. The rating assesses the Company’s ability to account for its social and environmental impacts, its risk management system and the implementation of its CSR approach.

 

This Vigeo-Eiris rating testifies to high levels of assurance, placing FDJ in a leading position in the management of environmental, social and governance risks among gaming operators in Europe and, more broadly, within the European hotels and leisure sector.

In addition, in an exemplary approach to its suppliers, FDJ for the second consecutive year underwent the Ecovadis CSR rating system, which associates purchasers and suppliers to promote the development of lasting and balanced relationships. FDJ obtained a score of 70/100 (68/100 in 2018), placing it among the top 5% of the most responsible global companies.

 

In addition to these global assessments of its CSR initiatives, FDJ has also obtained specific and sector-based certifications and labels – Responsible Gaming certification from The European Lotteries association, with a maximum level of compliance, and the Diversity and Professional Equality labels from AFNOR (French standards body).

Performance indicators

The table shows all the performance indicators relating to the company's CSR policy.