For the fourth year, the Sisal GoBeyond contest has attracted numerous innovative competitors. GoBeyond aims to provide start-ups and small businesses with an opportunity to flourish. This year in particular, it played an important role in helping Italian businesses recover from the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Giancarlo Sergi has devoted his life to sports. Starting out as a professional basketball player, he went on to work for UEFA and later ran his own sports consultancy serving mandates for FIFA, UEFA, and the IOC. As Board Member of FIBA Europe and President of Swiss Basketball, his passion for sports and his commitment to sports integrity led him to join GLMS as General Secretary in 2018, where he has been the driving force behind many of the associations initiatives since that time. In an informal conversation, we spoke to Giancarlo about the basic tenets of sports integrity and the common bonds that the world of sports and the lottery and sports betting sectors share.
The core purpose of the Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS) is to protect the integrity of sports competitions from the scourge of manipulation. Now in its sixth year of operation, the non-profit, member association has gained widespread recognition as a standard-bearer for the core values of sports, and has become a leading advocate of the good reputation of the world's state-authorized lottery and sports betting providers.
Over the years, the notion of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as it applies to the lottery sector has become much broader. Lotteries are increasingly looking beyond responsible gaming to assess their impact on the environment and the well-being of their employees and their communities at large. The WLA recently ran a survey of its members to gain insight into the priorities of their CSR programs and better understand how they are addressing the responsibility issues that fall outside the strict definition of responsible gaming.