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Our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

The successor to the National Lottery which was established in 1933 to assist victims of the Great War and agricultural disasters, FDJ has had social responsibility embedded in its business model since its creation.

Gambling, a regulated sector

FDJ is part of the gambling sector which is heavily and strictly regulated by the French government. It has exclusive rights to lottery gaming activities (at points of sale and online) and sports betting (at points of sale). As such, FDJ has a public interest remit under law requiring it to:

  • ensure the integrity, security and reliability of gaming operations;
  • ensure they are run transparently;
  • channel the demand for games, within an environment monitored by the public authorities, in order to prevent the risks of gambling being exploited for fraudulent or criminal purposes;
  • combat money laundering and supervise the consumption of games to prevent addiction.

The French Minister of Public Action and Accounts is the official regulator for all FDJ activities operated with exclusive rights. In exercising its prerogatives it may seek the opinion of the Commission consultative des jeux sous droits exclusifs (COJEX - consultative commission on exclusive rights games), a body that brings together representatives of the public authorities and experts on addiction and games regulation. FDJ's annual games programme as well as the company's action plans for responsible gaming and combating fraud and money-laundering are subject to the minister's approval after COJEX has given its opinion.

FDJ also operates online sports betting in an open market under an authorisation issued to FDJ by l’Autorité de Régulation des Jeux en Ligne (ARJEL - the French online games regulation authority) in June 2010, and renewed by it for a five-year period in June 2015.

An extensive, recreational and responsible gaming model

The FDJ gaming model is:

  • extensive as it is aimed at a wide player base;
  • recreational as it is based on a diversified game offering to encourage moderate habits;
  • responsible, through a proactive policy of preventing excessive and under-aged playing.

Social responsibility at the heart of the strategy

In addition to its gaming model, integrating CSR in FDJ's strategy also takes the form of incorporating CSR criteria, associated with the responsible gaming initiative, within the criteria used to determine the variable compensation of the company's corporate officers.

In operational terms, each year FDJ sets CSR priorities, which are approved and overseen by the company's decision-making bodies: the Executive Committee and also the Sustainable Development Committee (a specialist committee of the company's Board of Directors).

In-depth dialogue with all of the company's stakeholders

FDJ's CSR policy is developed and delivered in conjunction with internal stakeholders (Board of Directors,

Executive Committee, employees) and external stakeholders (players, retailers, regulators, suppliers, civil society, etc.). Through active, in-depth dialogue their expertise and experience is brought on-board and initiatives are improved.

Our CSR policy

The company's CSR policy is focussed on six main themes which take into account the expectations of stakeholders as well as non-financial issues, particularly those that are specific to its business sector: responsible gaming, integrity, human resources, solidarity, the regions and the environment.

With the aim of incorporating the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in our CSR policy, FDJ has reviewed the impact of its actions with regards to 13 of the 17 SDGs.