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 Volunteer Team is recognized community care: On December 4, MGM was named “Outstanding Corporate for Volunteerism” for the 6th consecutive year at the “2016 Outstanding Volunteer Election” organized by the Macau Volunteer Association. In addition to the team award, congratulations to Chan Kuai Fun (Housekeeping) for being awarded for “Unwavering Commitment to Volunteerism”, and to Ryan Van (F&B), Leong Chu Tou (Table Games) and Betty Lin (Table Games) for receiving the “Star Volunteer Award”.
At “The 8th International Volunteer Recognition Ceremony” organized by the Youth Volunteers Association of Macau on the same weekend, a further 10 team members were awarded the “Outstanding Rainbow Life Volunteer” award, with 2 awardees further receiving 4th and 7th runner-up in the “Top Ten Rainbow Life Volunteer of the Year” award.
Further, on December 13, MGM was recognized by The Youth Committee of Macao Chamber of Commerce with the “Enterprise Community Care Award” for “A Day with MGM” – an opportunity for local teenagers to have a 1-day familiarization program in a 5-star hotel by gaining hands-on experience with our team members and finding inspiration for their future career paths.
Charitable contributions: On November 18, MGM donated MOP500,000 to Macau Tung Sin Tong Charitable Society, to support its work to provide health and educational services to those in need in Macau.
On November 25, MGM also donated MOP500,000 to the annual fundraising event, Walk for A Million, organized by Macao Daily News Readers’ Foundation to support its local community initiatives. In addition to the donation, over 550 MGM team members joined in solidarity to support the event on December 11.
SME business matching for Hotel Operations: On December 6, MGM held its 5th Business Matching Session to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), this time focusing on Hotel Operations. Over 80 local companies offering products and services in areas such as room amenities, housekeeping equipment, spa supplies, transportation, laundry services and uniform, met directly with MGM management to present their products and services.
MPI CSR Green Initiatives & Sustainability Forum: On December 2, MGM participated in the Forum on Macao Integrated Tourism and Leisure Enterprises and Corporate Social Responsibility, with the theme being “Green Initiatives & Sustainability”. The Forum included presentations from all 6 integrated resorts in Macau, as well as from the Macao Federation of Trade Unions and the Macao Polytechnic Institute. MGM’s Executive Director of Engineering, Peter Chan, presented on MGM’s commitment to integrating environmental sustainability into MGM’s entire operation.
Before The Flood screening: On December 9, MGM’s Vista transformed into a cinema for a special screening of “Before the Flood” - an eye-opening documentary starring Leonardo DiCaprio on the devastating effects of climate change and the need for us all to take action. The movie screening also included a short talk from MGM’s Director of Sustainability, Rebecca Donnellan, on why and how MGM is committed to reducing carbon emissions and protecting the planet.
Celebrating team talent at MORS: Organized by the Institute for Tourism Studies, the Macao Occupational Skills Recognition System (MORS) gives hospitality and tourism professionals the opportunity to demonstrate and pit their talents against the others in the industry in the MORS Gold Pin Competition. MGM is proud to have 20 team members from across departments taking part, with more than 800 hours of training in the run-up to the competition. Congratulations to all those who participated, and particularly to the 9 MGM finalists and 2 MORS Gold Pin Winners announced on December 7.
Building an inclusive workplace: On December 1, MGM held a recruitment day especially for persons with disabilities to meet and interview with our team, referred to us by the Labour Affairs Bureau of the Macao SAR (DSAL) and in collaboration with four local associations including Fuhong Society of Macau-Pou Choi Centre, Hong Kong Hin, The Macau Association for The Mentally Handicapped-Sam Meng Chi and Macau Special Olympics-Ngai Chun Center. The interviewees also had the chance to meet some of MGM’s disabled team members and hear first-hand how MGM is dedicated to building an inclusive culture, where everyone can contribute and flourish.
PRIDERs take on Las Vegas: On December 7, 21 PRIDERs from MGM’s Leadership Track embarked on an exciting 10-day trip to MGM’s sister properties in Las Vegas. Throughout the trip the PRIDERs will get the chance to meet senior leaders from MGM Resorts International, including Mr. Jim Murren, Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International, as well as take part in property tours and presentations on best practices across the MGM Resort International portfolio.
Supporting MGM’s mothers and promoting family friendliness: Returning to work puts all sorts of demands on a mother. To help ease the transition and support our working mums, MGM has created a special lactation area called “Mother’s Zone”, to reduce the barriers to breastfeeding at work and provide a comfortable and relaxing environment.
MGM’s Art Space said farewell on November 20 to the exquisite sculpture display from Edgar Degas. During the 6-month exhibition, “Edgar Degas: Figures in Motion”, received 24,000 guests and 150 tours. We look forward to our exciting new art exhibition for 2017!