The Marketing of legal but potentially harmful products and corporate social responsibility: the gaming industry view

June Buchanan, Gregory Elliott, Lester W. Johnson

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A number of industries sell products (or services) such as tobacco, alcohol and gambling that, although legal, are considered potentially harrriful to some members of society. Unlike other that attract no attention when using strategies to increase market share, many of these potentially harmful products attract criticism from concerned members of society and often governments when their markets increase.Corporate scandals in recent times have led to greater calls for social responsibility to be embraced by all businesses, but the call is most pronounced towards organisations providing products that are detrimental to certain members of society. This paper investigates gaming industry perceptions of compliance with the precepts of corporate social responsibility (CSR) in the marketing of electronicgaming machines (EGMs). Thirty-eight face-to-face and/or telephone interviews were undertaken with EGM manufacturers, gaming consultants, managers of gaming establishments and casino operators in Nevada (USA) and New South Wales (Australia), along with management of the gaming regulatory authority in New South Wales (NSW). In spite of a much tighter regulatory environment in NSW, it was found that the major gaming operators in Nevada appear to be aware of, and practice, CSR to a noticeably greater extent than do gaming operators in NSW. Notwithstanding this however, EGM operators both in Nevada and NSW need to implement socially responsible marketing strategies and tactics to a significantly higher degree than is currently practiced in order to enhance their reputation, decrease criticism from key stakeholders and minimise the potential threat of increased regulatory constraints.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocially responsible and sustainable business around the globe
Subtitle of host publicationthe new age of corporate social responsibility
EditorsJonathan H Westover
Place of PublicationChampaign, Ill.
PublisherCommon Ground Publishing
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)9781612290805
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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