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.
Coming together as a community: Typhoon Hato has affected the entire Macau community and MGM is committed to supporting our city’s rebuilding. In the aftermath of the typhoon, MGM’s Volunteer Team took to the streets distributing food, water and daily necessities to those in need. MGM China, MGM Resorts and Ms. Pansy Ho also teamed up to contribute MOP 30Million to rebuild the Macau community. The distribution of this pledge is being decided upon, with guidance from the Macau government based on where the greatest need is. The staff of MGM MACAU and their families’ needs will be considered and included in the allocation of funds.
To help prepare our team members should a typhoon of such strength happen again, MGM has organized an information session to be provided by our Property Operations Department on how best to protect ourselves and our homes against extreme weather.
Anti-Slavery Summit: On August 29, Thompson Reuters held the Anti-Slavery Summit 2017, bringing together the private and public sector to discuss how to tackle the issue of modern slavery and what role we can play as organizations and individuals. Mr. Grant Bowie, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of MGM China Holdings Limited, spoke on MGM’s programs to protect the human rights of our own employees, to strengthen our supply chain procedures and to raise awareness of the issue of modern slavery through community outreach and partnerships.
Celebrating our Junior Lion Dancers: On August 22, MGM celebrated the graduation of our 3rd cohort of Junior Lion Dance Training Program participants, with an eye-dotting ceremony to mark the occasion. Over the course of the 7-week program, this year’s group of 75 dancers, aged between 5-10 years, have enjoyed and excelled in learning new skills, whilst forming new bonds of friendship.
To continue to develop the knowledge and skills of our program graduates, MGM also organized an educational trip in August to Foshan, the birthplace of lion dance, for 24 past graduates to further develop and continue their interest in this age old tradition.
Recognized as part of Hang Seng Sustainability Index: As a result of leading practice in sustainability management, MGM China has been selected by the Hang Seng Indexes Company to be featured on the Hang Seng Corporate Sustainability Benchmark Index, which identifies the top sustainability leaders in Hong Kong and Mainland China that are listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. This is the second year MGM has been selected.
Energy Saving Ideas Competition winners announced: On August 7, our energy saving Ideas Competition Winners were officially announced and recognized at the monthly Golden Lion Award Ceremony. Congratulations to Eric Poitevin and Hugh Mak from Entertainment, KC Low from F&B, and Yoko Lai (and Team) from HR for their creative ideas in reducing energy use to make a positive impact on the environment. Their energy saving ideas were chosen by the Sustainability Committee and our Green Team based on their creativity, environmental impact and practicality.
Recycling rocks!: To give our employees more opportunities to recycle, MGM continues to expand the number of collection points. A new Recycling Corner has been launched for all products from work or from home including, paper, glass, cans, and electronics. With the many plastic bottles accumulated throughout the typhoon water shortage, employees are welcome to bring their bottles to our facilities.
Sustainable seafood: For the month of September, MGM has joined the Kin Hong festival, a festival that promotes sustainable seafood to the public during this period. The event identifies hotels and restaurants that serve sustainable seafood, which includes seafood that has been caught in a responsible manner allowing regeneration of fish stocks and protection of ocean health as well as the livelihoods of fishing-dependent communities.