WELCOME TO OUR MGM SUSTAINABILITY NEWSLETTER
We’re doing a lot behind the scenes at MGM to reduce our impact on the environment and support the people that mean the most to us, including all our employees and community. Contributing to a better Macau through our arts and culture program is also an important aspect of our approach. Through this newsletter we will share our monthly sustainability highlights with you, and hope you will join us in our sustainability programs to help us Create a Better Tomorrow Today.
MGM COTAI is awarded for environmental leadership in green building design: Throughout the design and construction of MGM COTAI, MGM has focused on building a property that is not only luxurious, but also environmentally-sustainable. Using sustainable building materials and practices, maximizing natural lighting and green spaces, and ensuring the building’s equipment uses energy and water efficiently, are just some of the reasons why MGM COTAI will be one of the most sustainable properties in Macau.
MGM is proud to have been awarded the China Green Building (Macau) Design Label on August 3 by the China Green Building and Energy Saving (Macau) Association. MGM is the first private sector organization to have received the award, as well as the largest property to do so.
New printing process could save 90 trees: Have you ever printed something and forgotten about it? Or sent something to the wrong printer? Indeed we all have! MGM is rolling out a new initiative called “Follow-you Print” which requires everyone to swipe their ID cards at the printer to release their documents.
This initiative means that we can all continue to print where we need to, but removes the wastage that occurs from printing accidentally or when we change our minds. Every year, MGM prints the amount of paper needed from 601 trees. This process has proven to reduce our printing by 10-15%, or 90 trees. Stay tuned for more communications on this roll-out.
MGM Community Care Campaign: Our community programs occur throughout the year; however we also hold an annual 2-week dedicated campaign with a host of initiatives to create maximum impact and awareness. This year, we are proud to have had 250 MGM volunteers giving over 1,000 hours of their time to give back to the community. Some of the key programs this year included a haircutting service for over 160 senior citizens, refurbishing the school dormitories at Jardins Dom Versiglia, a toys and clothing donation drive for the Salvation Army and the Fuhong Society, and a health day for 200 senior citizens in collaboration with the Chinese Medical Association.
75 students spend A Day with MGM: We recognize the importance of giving young people the opportunity to experience a professional working environment to help them to identify their future career paths. Every year, we invite a group of local high school students, aged 15 years and over, to experience working side-by-side with our team members through A Day at MGM. This August, we welcomed 75 students to our property to see what goes on behind the scenes at MGM under the guidance of a mentor, including students from several local schools and the Macao General Union of Neighborhood Association, family members of our employees, winners of the Macau Outstanding Teenagers Award (organized by YMCA Macau), and members from Sheng Kung Hui and students.
Learning New Skills at the MGM Golden Lion Summer Camp: This month, MGM held its 5th annual Golden Lion Summer Camp. As part of the program we took 90 local high school students from Macau to Yuen Long in Hong Kong to enjoy the Po Leung Kuk Tai Tong Holiday Camp. The camp aims to help develop self-confidence, as well as skills in communications, creative thinking and problem solving through a range of outdoor activities. The program began with a breakfast at MGM to meet our CEO, as well as other senior leaders in our company, before being whisked off to enjoy the action-packed 3-day holiday camp set amongst nature in Yuen Long.
MPI forum for development of the SME community: On August 9, MGM hosted the forum on “Collaboration with Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs)”, organized by the Macao Polytechnic Institute, and supported by the Liaison Office. This marks the second, in a series of forums communicating on the tourism and leisure industry’s commitment to social responsibility and bettering the Macau community. MGM, along with 5 other resort operators, as well as the Macao Federation of Trade Unions, presented on their programs to support and grow business with local SMEs. Alongside remarks from the Macao Polytechnic Institute, our CEO, Mr. Grant Bowie, opened the ceremony, thanking all for their collaboration and commitment to helping to create a more sustainable and vibrant economic landscape for Macau.