Section 172 of the Companies Act 2006 requires a director of a company to act in the way he or she considers, in good faith, would most likely promote the success of the company for the benefit of its members as a whole. In doing this section 172 of the Companies Act 2006 requires directors to have regard to, amongst other matters, the:
a) likely consequences of any decisions in the long-term;
b) interests of the Company's employees;
c) need to foster the Company's business relationships with suppliers, customers, and others;
d) impact of the Company's operations on the community and environment;
e) desirability of the Company maintaining a reputation for high standards of business conduct; and
f) need to act fairly as between members of the Company.
Board of Directors’ approach to its section 172 duties
In discharging our section 172 duties, the Board has regard to the matters set out above when making decisions. In addition, we also have regard to other factors which we consider relevant to the decision being made. By considering the Group’s purpose, vision, and values together with its strategic priorities and having a process in place for decision making, the Company aims to ensure its decisions take full account of all relevant interests and factors, including those set out in section 172 of the Companies Act 2006.
The Company delegates authority for day-to-day management of the Company to senior leadership teams which in turn engages management in setting, approving, and overseeing execution of the business strategy and related policies. Board meetings are held regularly in which the Directors consider the Group’s activities and approve key matters. As a part of those meetings, the Directors receive information in a range of different formats, which allow them to appropriately consider and take into account the relevant section 172 matters when making relevant decisions.
Relationships with employees and key stakeholders
We acknowledge that the success of the Company (and the Group’s) strategy is reliant on positive engagement with all of the Group’s stakeholders. The Group’s key stakeholders include its workforce, investors, users, suppliers, and the local communities in which it operates. When engaging with suppliers, the Company endeavors to act fairly and responsibly towards its contractual counterparties and ensures that its suppliers are paid on time. The views of and the impact of the Company’s activities on those stakeholders are important considerations the Directors when making relevant decisions.
The Board will continue to review and challenge how the Company can improve engagement with its employees and stakeholders.
Engagement with the wider community and environment
The Company is mindful of the impact that its activities may have on the wider community and environment. The Directors aim to ensure that the Company remains within sector norms for environmental matters. The Group has not engaged with the wider community beyond responding to queries raised by players of its Royal Match game but in doing so it closely monitors customer complaint trends to improve the end-to-end user experience of the Royal Match game.
We are committed to acting fairly and upholding the highest standards of business conduct. We approach our operations with the utmost integrity and ethical behavior. Business decisions are balanced with risk and compliance, with consideration given to the environment we operate in and the effect those decisions may have.