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.
A meaningful gift on Valentine’s Day: On February 8-9, MGM hosted a staff sale in support of the community organization, Fuhong Society, offering handmade flowers crafted by special needs members of Fuhong - ensuring a gift from the heart not only to our loved ones, but also to the community.
MGM wins Social Caring Award: On February 28, MGM was awarded the “Outstanding Social Caring Organization Award” at the 5th Social Caring Pledge Scheme organized by Social Enterprise Research Institute (SERI) of Hong Kong, the second time MGM has received this award for leadership in community engagement and contributions.
MGM takes on TrailHiker: MGM is now the official title sponsor for the 2017 TrailHiker event, which has been renamed the “MGM Macau Eco TrailHiker”. The MGM Macau Eco TrailHiker is the most popular and the largest group-hiking event in Macau and aims to promote teamwork, environmental awareness, and comradery – all set amongst Macau’s natural beauty. Each year, more than 2,000 participants and 200 volunteers take part in this event, with all proceeds going to local beneficiaries.
MPI forum on Community Involvement and Philanthropy: On February 15, MGM participated in the Forum on Macao Integrated Tourism and Leisure Enterprises and Corporate Social Responsibility, with the theme of “Community Involvement and Philanthropy”. 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 Vice President of Human Resources, Ms. Michelle Chiu, presented on MGM’s unwavering commitment to shape a better Macau through the organization of community events to support those in need. With achievements including a total of 31,000 community service hours across 450 events since 2010, our efforts not only support worthwhile local causes but also create friendships, fond memories and connections between our team members and the community. Over 10% of our whole team form part of the Golden Lion Volunteer Team, all of whom also gain great personal benefits through volunteerism and community interaction.
MGM Green Team: MGM’s Green Team 2017 is official. Representatives from across our departments will meet bi-monthly to discuss ways to make MGM’s operations more environmentally-responsible in every way.
MGM Go Green Campaign is coming!: This March 20 - April 3, MGM’s Go Green Campaign will include a whirlwind of staff activities including: a beach clean and tree planting activity, a marine conservation talk delivered by our onsite marine biologists, the launch of Green Monday in our employee dining room, and a Green Fair including games and prizes centered on environmental protection lead by our Green Team – stay tuned for more information!
During this campaign, we will also celebrate and support Earth Hour on March 25, the global effort to raise awareness on the needs for action on climate change.
Recycling is on a roll at MGM: MGM is delighted to report we are now recycling playing cards, reducing waste sent to the incinerator by approximately 20%! This is yet another product to add to MGM’s growing list of recycled items including: paper & cardboard, plastic, metals, soap, cooking oil and electronic equipment. Instead of being sent to incineration and landfill, these items are turned once again into useful products, helping to preserve the environment and earth’s precious natural resources.
This February, MGM’s Tria Spa went an extra step to expand its recycling program from paper to include all plastic bottles and amenity containers.
Square 8 furniture donation: With the remodeling of Square Eight (now North and South by Square Eight), we ensured all unwanted furniture was donated to those in need. 225 pieces of chairs, tables and sideboards, were donated to Fuhong Society in Macau, with the remaining going to Cross Roads and other needy organizations locally and in Asia. Special thanks for our transport provider, Turn Key Hospitality Services (TKHS) Group, for supporting the transport to these worthwhile organizations!
Table Games family day out: Family time is priceless. On February 25, the whole family was invited to join in on the fun when our Table Games team members had a recent team outing to the Museum of Macau. Together with their families they learned about our city's rich culture and history, which culminated in a lunch together to refuel after the morning’s tour.
Keeping fit and healthy this February: Physical activity is something we also need to include as part of our daily routine. This February our onsite gym instructor created a tailor-made and easy-to-do exercise routine, as something we can all do at home to ensure we stay fit and strong. We also promoted a weekly “steps challenge” in conjunction with our insurance provider, promoting active living by walking more, which in turn earns you points and a free coffee as a reward.
New distinctive art restaurant display: MGM’s North and South by Square Eight not only tantalizes taste buds with delicacies from Northern and Southern China, but also boasts a collection of specially-commissioned art by two renowned local Macanese artists. Wonderfully eye-catching and intriguing, the 24 works of art by Victor Marreiros enrapture you with their craftsmanship and story-telling; and together with the skillful calligraphy prepared by Mr. Mok Wa-Kei, diners enjoy this unique cultural backdrop which blends historical and modern Chinese culture.