The Commission has a duty under the Gambling Commission (Jersey) Law to:
- protect children and other vulnerable persons from addiction to gambling and from other forms of harm associated with gambling;
- make assistance available to persons who are or may be affected by problems related to excessive gambling; and
- otherwise avoid and reduce problems related to gambling.
Social Responsibility Panel
The Commission established a Social Responsibility Panel to inform policy and offer advice on how best to meet these key objectives . The panel is made up of an independent Chair, a representative of the gambling industry and a representative from public health. The Social Responsibility Panel is comprised of individuals who are experts in their own particular fields and all members give their time free of charge.
The Panel is authorised by the Commission to:
- Investigate, or cause to be investigated, any activity within its terms of reference;
- Obtain independent professional advice from advisers the Panel selects, who may attend Panel meetings as necessary, but subject always to conforming with responsibilities as outlined in Article 9 of the Gambling Commission (Jersey) Law 2010 and funded by the Social Responsibility Fund (Article 10);
- Conduct its own business, hold its own meeting and make its own resolutions.
The main duties of the Panel are as follows:
- Recommend to the Commission a strategy for social responsibility related issues and to monitor relevant external developments, making recommendations to the Commission as appropriate;
- Create and maintain the Commission’s social responsibility policy and to consider whether they continue to meet the social responsibility strategy and objectives and make recommendations to the Commission as appropriate,
- Review and monitor the Commission’s social responsibility risk exposures and advise accordingly;
- Produce an annual Social Responsibility Report for inclusion in the Commission's annual report;
- Review the social responsibility content contained in the Commission’s financial reports and report when appropriate to the Commission.