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.
Funding support for Typhoon Hato: Immediately following the typhoon, MGM China, MGM Resorts and Ms. Pansy Ho teamed up to contribute MOP 30 Million to support those in need following the typhoon. Along with the wider community, the staff of MGM and their families’ needs are being considered and included in the allocation of funds.
Many donations have already been made, including the purchase of rehab buses for Caritas de Macau and Fuhong Society of Macau, providing stair aids for Caritas de Macau, donations to repair damage to Sao Jose Ka Ho School, as well as assistance to rebuild an audiometer testing room, including diagnostic equipment, for Macau Deaf Association.
SME Relief Program: To assist local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) affected by the typhoon to get back to operating as normal once again, MGM’s SME Committee has also developed a specially-designed SME Relief Program, focusing on comprehensive measures such as expedited payment processing and upfront payment to alleviate cash flow needs, logistics support and assistance with minor to major damages.
Caring for our senior citizens: On September 9, the Volunteer Team set out to Rua da Praia do Manduco, the city’s worst-affected area, and to Seac Pai Van, to visit nearly 120 senior citizens together with UGAMM Peng On Tong Calling Service Center in Macau, to show our support and care for their well-being and to provide gifts for typhoon preparedness. MGM’s Volunteer Team gave a similar visit to nearly 70 households at Fai Fu Building, but this time to celebrate the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival also sharing mooncakes.
Building disaster resilience expertise: MGM is working to support the future disaster response capabilities of the community. Following the typhoon preparedness training provided to our employees last month, the Company has sponsored staff from Caritas de Macau to participate in disaster management training in Nepal to upskill members of our community in disaster resilience.
Anti-human trafficking training: On September 26, MGM invited Mr. Matt Friedman, the CEO of the Mekong Club, a non-profit organization dedicated to combating human trafficking, to deliver an awareness raising talk to over 100 of our management members on impacts of slavery in today’s modern society and how it manifests itself in the hospitality and entertainment industry.
Kick-off of the annual Macau Responsible Gambling Promotions: The annual “Macau Responsible Gambling Promotions”, an awareness raising event, is co-organized by the Social Welfare Bureau, the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau, and the University of Macau. This year the event began with a Responsible Gaming video competition and MGM is proud to have been awarded with the champion award for best film produced on responsible gaming film. Stay tuned for our Responsible Gaming Roadshow coming this November!
Trail clearing in Coloane: Our volunteers continued efforts to help clear debris and fallen branches in Coloane following Typhoon Hato, restoring some of the city’s walking trails.
Green Monday Chef Challenge: On September 25, MGM held the Green Monday Chef Challenge - an event that put our chefs head-to-head to create a dish using “meat from plants”, also termed plant-based proteins. Chefs from all of our MGM MACAU and MGM COTAI restaurants each came up with a dish to wow the judging panel’s taste buds, using a range of products that are designed to look and taste like meat, but that are actually made from plant proteins; products such as "meatless meat balls", "fishless filets" and "beefless strips". The winning dishes and teams of chefs were recognized at the most recent Golden Lion Award ceremony.
Congratulations to our next cohort of PRIDERs who are embarking on MGM’s 12-month leadership development program. The program will include a range of learning opportunities such as management skills training, job rotations, team building exercises, workshops, and industry experiential visits, all under the guidance of mentors who have previously participated in the program.
The Belt & Road Initiative and Greater Bay Area Plan Seminar was held at MGM MACAU on September 4-5 to share with over 300 MGM team members updates on how Macau can seize the opportunities brought about by the Belt & Road Initiative and the development of the Greater Bay Area. The Seminar was held with the support of the Liaison Office, with the keynote speaker being Prof. Zhang Jianping, Director General of the Center for Regional Economic Cooperation, Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation (CAITEC) under the Ministry of Commerce of China and Vice President of Chinese Association of Social and Economic Systematic Analysis.