Scientific Games, a Las Vegas-based technology company, recently announced its official partnership with the non-profit endeavour, the All-in Diversity Project. The aim of this collaboration is to ensure a population of equality, diversity, and inclusion in the tech industry workplace.
Scientific Games plan to strengthen the reach and impact of this vision by working with additional partners, likely other tech companies. But before that happens, All-in’s first steps will be to determine what the diversity expectations in the gaming industry are like. Once these factors have been decided, the hopes are that a global standard will be founded and maintained.
Gaming industry evolving at a rapid pace
Katharine Anderson, Scientific Games’ director of diversity and inclusion, said in a statement on behalf of the company that they were proud to be involved in the ‘trailblazing endeavour’ and that with the gaming industry expanding at such a rapid pace, diversity in the work environments was essential. She concluded that the purpose of All-in was to secure inclusive opportunities for every individual that contributes to the gaming world.
Scientific Games as the founding firm would regularly communicate with other members of the initiative to ensure no blind spots were overlooked, and to help keep track of progress in the global industry. Ultimately, the main purpose of the initiative would be to act as a central data resource from which all participating operators and suppliers can quickly and easily determine best practices for diversity in their own areas.
More than just lip service
Co-founder of the initiative, Kelly Kehn, also expressed her delight at how things were unfolding and heaped praise on Scientific Games for deciding to get involved. She said it was outstanding to see a gaming organization go beyond lip service to walk the talk in the challenges of all-inclusive work environments, not just in the gaming sector, but all sectors across the world.
The next step
Whether more powerhouse technology companies step up and throw their weight behind the initiative is yet to be seen. The hopes are that the biggest players will decide to partner and add real power to this bold step in the right direction towards true workplace inclusion and equal opportunity. We will hear more as the story unfolds.