Star Entertainment Recognized for Sustainable Business

All casino companies seemed to have an exceptionally rough year. The pandemic simply ravaged many companies that derive the majority of their income from land-based gambling establishments and related businesses. The Star Entertainment Group was no exception.

In the middle of it all, the Industry Community Awards honored Star Entertainment as the world’s most sustainable gaming and casino operator in the world. The recognition had to be a good feeling.

Inaugural Awards Ceremony

The first-ever Industry Community Awards was supposed to be a gala in London in November 2020, but most nominees and guests instead appeared virtually in the year of the pandemic. Its virtual nature didn’t stop the host from putting on the event and honoring the category winners.

From the same group that manages the International Gaming Awards and Women in Gaming Networking events, Clever Duck Media wanted to recognize businesses in the gambling industry that stood out from the rest. Specifically, the event was established to honor “companies and individuals that have gone above and beyond in tackling major issues due to the global pandemic.”

All of the following categories covered land-based and online gambling entities, suppliers, manufacturers, and operators in a number of categories. The awards honored everything from business continuity to corporate wellbeing, even innovation during a particularly trying year.

Star Among List of Winners

Clever Duck Media provided a list of the winners as follows:

  • Best Employees Support Award Operator: Betsson
  • Best Employees Support Award Supplier: Microgaming
  • Business Continuity Award Operator: LeoVegas
  • Business Continuity Award Technology: Pilot Games
  • Business Hero Award: Galaxy Entertainment
  • Community Award Asia: Melco Resorts & Entertainment
  • Community Award Europe: Casinos of Monaco, Monte-Carlo Societe des Bains de Mer
  • Community Award Online: Casumo
  • Community Award Supplier: Flowplay
  • Corporate Wellbeing & Health Award Operator: William Hill
  • Corporate Wellbeing & Health Award Supplier: Microgaming
  • Innovation Award: Playtech
  • Sustainability Business Award Operator: The Star Entertainment Group
  • Sustainability Business Award Supplier: IGT
  • Outstanding Individual Award: Lawrence Ho of Melco Resorts & Entertainment

Amanda Visser accepted the award virtually on behalf of Star Entertainment, as she is the Group Manager of Sustainability and Environment for the company.

Star and Sustainability

Visser joined Star Entertainment in 2013 and continually increased the scope of her role to encompass more sustainability issues to address. For all of her accomplishments, she is no stranger to awards.

The Dow Jones Sustainability Index recognized Star as a global leader because of Visser’s work for three years in a row. That award noted that her contribution to innovation resulted in Star properties “adopting technologies, products, and procedures that further sustainable practices and reduce carbon and water use, including run-around heating coils and ‘waterless’ woks.” The recognitions also mentioned her work with Green Star and NABERS, as well as training sessions for project teams regarding sustainable design.

Because of Visser’s ongoing successes in her area of expertise, the 2020 SAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA) ranked Star Entertainment as a “sustainability leader.” (The CSA is a globally respected environmental, social, and governance index.)

The latest Industry Community Awards recognition was special for Visser, too. On behalf of Star, she commented:

“We’re delighted to receive the Sustainable Business Award for industry operators. To be acknowledged as the world’s most sustainable gaming and casino operator is a huge honour. It reflects the Star’s ongoing commitment to sustainability and ensuring it is central to our operations and embedded across all levels of the business.

“We strive to have a positive impact on the cities in which we operate and will continue to work with our team members, local communities, and stakeholders to ensure we deliver these positive outcomes.”

Recent Sustainability Strategies

Being a leader – especially on the world stage – in the sustainability category is no small feat. It means consistently working to expand opportunities and meet new goals.

One of these new goals took the form of a firm commitment, one involving Star committing to reaching the target of net-zero carbon emissions by the entirety of the company’s portfolio by 2030.

Some of the most recent milestones for Star in line with its sustainability strategy include:

  • Donating 28 tonnes of furniture to local community groups
  • Donating approximately 100,900 meals of food to food rescue charities
  • Creating 35,000 bars of soap via Soap Aid’s recycling program
  • Using alternatives to keep at least 7.5 million single-use plastic straws from landfills
  • Replacing 41 single-use plastic items with 33 sustainable alternatives
  • Receiving environmental certification ratings for 50% of Star’s portfolio



Rose Varrelli

Rose Varrelli has always been passionate about online casinos, as she’s been a player at a variety of places for years. Rose turned her personal knowledge and insight into a writing career. She aims to provide readers with the most up to date, informative news in the world of online casinos!


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