Flutter targets employee engagement through new board committee

| By Richard Mulligan
Flutter has created a new workforce engagement committee designed to enhance engagement between the group’s board and its 14,000 employees across five continents.

The group, which owns brands such as Betfair, Paddy Power, PokerStars and FanDuel, said the committee has been formed to enhance the board’s awareness of employee matters within the decision-making process. Independent non-executive director Mary Turner will chair the new committee, with members including Flutter chairman Gary McGann, and directors Nancy Cruickshank, Nancy Dubuc and Richard Flint.

The Workforce Engagement Committee’s duties will include ensuring Flutter maintains appropriate workforce engagement policies, processes and communication channels throughout each division, encouraging participation in and evaluating feedback received from workforce engagement initiatives, and keeping fully informed on issues identified by employees and other stakeholders as having a material impact on the group’s workforce and communicating such issues to the board.

The new committee, which will represent employees from 75 different nationalities speaking 62 languages, will replace the Employee Voice Forum that was formed in accordance with the recommendations of the 2018 UK Corporate Governance Code.

Flutter chair McGann said: “As a diverse international group, we recognise the important role our workforce plays in our success. The establishment of the new Workforce Engagement Committee will provide a clear mechanism for the board to listen to the views of our workforce and take account of these views in the board’s decision-making process.”

Meanwhile, Flutter subsidiary FanDuel Group has announced that its new technology campus will be located at Ponce City Market in Atlanta, Georgia.

The technology hub will house software engineering, product development, user experience (UX) and user interface (UI) teams.

FanDuel said it plans to grow its Atlanta-based work force to approximately 900 employees over the next five years.

“Ponce City Market is the perfect location for our new technology campus and reflects our commitment to becoming a central part of the Atlanta corporate footprint,” said Sarah Butterfass, FanDuel’s chief product officer.

“This historic building offers our employees a blend of old-world charm, cutting edge sophistication and modern amenities that will deliver an unmatched working environment. Additionally, its location allows us to build deep ties to Atlanta’s diverse pipeline of talent coming from its many top-flight universities.”

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