CSR report and Annual report 2013

Content and boundary of the report

Veikkaus' 2013 report is a combined Annual Report and CSR Report for the period between 1 January and 31 December 2013. For the fourth time in a row, it is being published as an online report, the full version of which is available in Finnish, Swedish and English. Veikkaus publishes its Annual Report and CSR Report once a year. The previous report was published on 14 March 2013. The report is aimed at Veikkaus' stakeholders.

This report presents all of the key financial indicators, the financial statements and the various aspects of corporate responsibility: economic, social and environmental. The online report comprises six sections: Veikkaus the seven matches, Veikkaus 2012–2013, Business Operations, Responsible Operator, Governance, and Financials.

Social responsibility, with regard to both the customers and the personnel, forms the core of Veikkaus' operations. Economic responsibility focuses primarily on analysing our success in promoting the common good. In the past few years, Veikkaus has furthered its environmental responsibility to an increasing degree.

Veikkaus' management has laid down a CSR policy and defined the role responsibility plays in our business operations, together with determining the importance the different aspects of social responsibility have for Veikkaus as a company and our stakeholders. Whilst evaluating the materiality, we have paid attention to different surveys conducted and feedback received, and the results of an extensive stakeholder survey made in 2009. The objective of the materiality evaluation is to analyse the most important issues in Veikkaus' corporate social responsibility, on the basis of which the CSR and the related reporting are continually developed.

The report covers Veikkaus' operations in their entirety. The environmental figures for the head office cover GTech's employees. The accounting principles are described in conjunction with key indicators. If an indicator's method of calculation has changed considerably, this will be separately indicated. If any anomalies have been found in figures from previous reports, a correction will be noted alongside that figure.

The information contained in the economic responsibility section is based on Veikkaus' financial reports, game system, accounting, and approved financial statements. Our key social responsibility indicators come from Veikkaus' customer database, HR data systems, payroll systems, game system, service providers, and accounting. The environmental responsibility indicators have mainly been obtained from our service providers.

For the past ten years, Veikkaus has complied with the reporting recommendations of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI, G3). Veikkaus conducts its reporting in compliance with the reporting guidelines for unlisted government companies issued by the Council of State, applying the materiality principle (Government Decision-in-Principle on the State's Ownership Policy, issued on 3 November 2011). The personnel indicators have been calculated according to the general instructions issued by the Accounting Standards Board. The Corporate Governance section complies with the applicable sections of the Finnish Corporate Governance Code, as well as with the ownership policy guidelines issued by the Ministry of Education and Culture. The financial statements have been prepared in accordance with the IFRS.

We have self-declared our reporting to be Application Level B+ of the GRI G3 Guidelines. PricewaterhouseCoopers Oy has checked our reporting and has confirmed it to be Application Level B+. The company's Finnish-language CSR Report has been assured by PricewaterhouseCoopers Oy for the sixth time, and the congruence between the English and Swedish versions has been checked. Veikkaus' contact details can be found at the bottom of the report website.