Diversity & Inclusion
We believe that maintaining and promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace where every employee feels valued and respected is essential for us to grow as a company. As such, we are focused on cultivating a diverse and inclusive culture where our employees can freely bring diverse perspectives and varied experiences to work. In 2020, we implemented an Inclusive Workplace Policy which formalized our principles and commitments to diversity and inclusion throughout our organization. We seek to hire and retain highly talented employees and empower those employees to create value for our shareholders. In our employee recruitment and selection process and operation of our business, we adhere to equal employment policies and provide annual trainings on diversity and inclusion. As of December 31, 2020, approximately 50% of our employees identify as women and 50% of our employees are of a minority background.
We employ, train and refresh our employees in accordance with our nondiscriminatory, inclusive practices and policies implemented to prevent discrimination and protect our employees, customers and stakeholders from offensive and harmful behaviors.
All of our employees are required to acknowledge receipt of our Code of Conduct upon starting employment and on an annual basis. The Code of Conduct sets forth basic principles, guidelines and prohibitions to serve as guide for all employees, officers and directors of the Company, which relate to, among other topics, conflicts of interest, health and safety, respect for the environment, equal employment opportunity, non-discrimination, anti-harassment, complying with insider trading prohibitions, reporting suspected violations of the Code of Conduct, and prohibitions on retaliation for complying with the Code of Conduct.
We are committed to a policy of responsible gaming. Presently, in alignment with this core value, our casinos have established a set of policies and guidelines modeled after the American Gaming Association’s Code of Conduct for Responsible Gaming. This set of policies and guidelines establishes minimum standards that address problem gambling, underage gambling, improper use of alcohol, responsible marketing and advertising and the prevention of unattended minors. Our casinos use a variety of approaches to promote responsible gaming, including employee training programs, customer awareness campaigns, self-exclusion and financial restriction programs, written procedures for recognizing and managing these issues, use of outside experts, and ongoing monitoring and review to gauge the effectiveness of these programs.
Community Service and Philanthropy
We take an active role in supporting the communities in which we operate by partnering with local and national organizations to administer charitable contributions, provide community service and organize the donation of goods to assist local families in need. Through our non-profit partnerships, we partner with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity to build and improve places for families to call home, the Salvation Army, through its Angel Tree program, and the United States Marine Corps Reserve, through its Toys for Tots program, to provide new clothing and toys to children during the holidays and Ray of Hope to facilitate the donation of new or gently used coats. Our Hollywood Casino Perryville employees have participated in the Cecil Cares initiative, a county-wide day of service coordinated by the Cecil County Department of Community Services, the Special Olympics and Project Clean Stream, an initiative focused on restoring clean waters to local streams, creeks and rivers in the Chesapeake Bay region. We have also invested in our local communities through charitable contributions to such organizations as the Baton Rouge Food Bank, Baton Rouge Area Chamber, Louisiana Casino Association, Woman’s Hospital, one of the first women’s specialty hospitals in the nation, the Alzheimer’s Association and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. We believe that our dedication to being a responsible corporate citizen has a direct and positive impact in the communities in which we operate and contributes to the strength of our reputation and our financial performance.
We strive to identify and implement sustainable business practices to minimize our environmental impact and improve our efficient use of resources over time with a particular emphasis on energy, water and indoor environmental quality. For our TRS Properties and our corporate headquarters, our focus on sustainable environmental practices is demonstrated by how we manage and operate these buildings and plan for the future.