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 Go Green Campaign: This year’s Go Green Campaign (March 20 - April 3) has come to an end and did not disappoint with a whirl wind of fun activities!
The Campaign is also in support of the Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau’s (IACM) Green Week, as well as the annual Macao International Environmental Co-operation Forum & Exhibition.
Ocean conservation talk: Did you know that by 2050, it's expected that there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish? On March 21, two of MGM's onsite team of aquarists, Renee Lam and Rodger White, held a special talk for employees on the issues related to water pollution and the need to protect our marine environment.
Beach clean: To put talk into action, on March 30, 37 of MGM’s Volunteer Team went to the beach at Sai Van Bridge for a beach cleaning activity in collaboration with IACM.
Biodiversity maintenance: On March 23, MGM participated in a tree maintenance program organized by IACM at Hác-Sá Reservoir Country Park to help preserve Macau’s green spaces under the guidance of IACM’s tree specialists.
On March 24, MGM’s Volunteer Team also participated in IACM’s mangrove planting program and awareness raising exercise to mark the importance of Macau’s mangroves which are vital to Macau’s ecosystem biodiversity and coastal protection.
Raising awareness of climate change: On March 25, 8:30-9:30pm, MGM MACAU once again joined Earth Hour 2017, the global effort to raise awareness of climate change and environmental protection. We joined together with 17 of MGM Resorts International properties in honor of this global conservation effort by dimming the property’s exterior lighting, with all treatment rooms at Tria Spa powering off and illuminating treatment rooms with ambient candles.
To support low carbon living and raise awareness that our day-to-day actions can have an impact on the environment and contribute to climate change, MGM MACAU officially launched Green Monday in the employee dining room on March 20 (and continuing every Monday thereafter!). A special menu has been created by our chefs that is both low carbon, and good for our health!
Fun events for team engagement: On March 24, we organized Be Green, Wear Green, a casual wear day reminding our team that by wearing cooler clothing (with a splash of green), we can keep the air-conditioning at acceptable levels to help save energy.
We ended the Campaign on a high note, finishing with our Go Green Fair on April 3 which was a fantastic funfair of games, prizes and information about MGM’s environmental sustainability program. This was led by MGM’s Green Team, which includes our green champions from across the company. We also arranged a selection of food stalls from organic and eco grocery stores from around Macau to present their green and healthy product options.
2016 CSR Yearbook Release:
To celebrate “Making Great Moments, Together”, this year’s CSR Yearbook, available here
, documents our efforts to promote the advancement of the Macau community through volunteerism, charity, environmental sustainability, the training and promotion of our local employees, and local procurement.
MPI CSR Forum: On March 22, MGM participated in the Forum on Macao Integrated Tourism and Leisure Enterprises and Corporate Social Responsibility, with the theme being “promoting leisure and entertainment & facilitating diversification of the economy”. The Forum included presentations from all 6 integrated resorts in Macau, as well as from the Macao Polytechnic Institute. MGM’s representative presented on MGM’s commitment to developing the tourism and leisure industry, most notably through its commitment to the Arts such as through the 21 local and international art exhibitions held at MGM MACAU’s Art Space, as well as the much-anticipated MGM COTAI Permanent Art Collection, among many other highlights.
Employee well-being: To help our employees feel in tip-top health, on March 2 MGM welcomed Dr. Wing, Chon Kit Kuan, from Yinkui Hospital to introduce different ways that Chinese acupressure massage and food therapy can help you deal with daily life stress and boost immunity.
As part of our on-going Employee Assistance Program roadshow series, on March 17 we held an employee roadshow focusing on overcoming negative emotions to lead happier, more fulfilled lives.
MGM Academy Graduation Day: On March 29, MGM organized a milestone event to celebrate the success of 300 graduates from MGM’s core learning and development programs including the Management Associate Program (MAP), the PRIDE Career Development Program, the MGM Academy, and the Continuing Education Program. Congratulations also to Gavin Lei Chi, Table Games Pit Manager, the winner of the MGM Outstanding Learner Award, and to the Facilities Management Operations & Engineering department for receiving the MGM Outstanding Learning Department Award!
MGM Wins Best Business Hotel Award: MGM MACAU has been named the “Best Business Hotel in Macau” in the 10th Annual TTG China Travel Awards. This marks the eighth consecutive year that MGM has received this Award - congratulations to all our team members who have helped to make great moments for our guests through unparalleled guest service!
Museum quality art at MGM COTAI: On March 16, MGM announced the establishment of a major permanent art collection at MGM COTAI that will be unveiled at the resort’s opening in 2017. Connecting East and West and blending tradition with innovation, this array of art will feature over 300 captivating pieces, including antique carpets dating from the Qing Dynasty, modern and contemporary Asian paintings and sculptures by both renowned artists and rising talent.
A unique Art experience at Art Basel: This March, MGM proudly partnered with Art Basel Hong Kong to deliver Kingsley Ng's “Twenty-Five Minutes Older” thanks to the sponsorship of our parent company MGM Resorts International. Hong Kong artist Kingsley Ng, who is renowned for conceptual and community-engaging artwork, transformed two of the city’s iconic trams to create an altered reality allowing tram passengers to experience Hong Kong in a new and eye-opening way!
MGM also organized three special tours for members of the Macau community including the Cultural Industries Fund and the Committee of Cultural Industries from Macau, as well as a group of students and professors from the Visual Arts and Design bachelor’s degree programs of the Macao Polytechnic Institute for this unique experience. The groups also had the chance to meet Kingsley Ng in person, as well as take a tour of the wider Art Basel experience.
MGM supports MAF: MGM announced this March that it will proudly be supporting the 28th Macao Arts Festival (MAF), organized by the Cultural Affairs Bureau, held between 28 April - 31 May. This year’s theme will be “Heterotopia” which will explore the unlimited possibilities of artistic spaces through 25 extraordinary shows and exhibitions as well as a host of other outreach activities allowing spectators to further explore this culture-rich event.