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 COTAI warmly welcomes over 5000 team members: On January 12, MGM COTAI held a series of special introduction activities including the “Great Welcome” series and a “Discover Greatness Tour” for our employees to get an in-depth view of MGM COTAI ahead of its opening on February 13th. Highlight information was provided on the innovative and exciting entertainment, F&B and Spa options available at MGM COTAI.
Team building through art: To mark the New Year and opening of MGM COTAI, our team worked together to create the “Greatness Garden”- a hand-painted model of MGM COTAI with motifs inspired by the property design. This piece of art incorporates elements from Spectacle’s incredible display of biodiversity, Moroccan wall motifs, ceiling light displays and MGM’s very own collection of Imperial Carpets from the Qing Dynasty. Everyone enjoyed this fun and unique team-building art workshop which is now proudly on display in our back of house employee area.
Local school support: On January 4, MGM welcomed 61 students, aged 6 to 13, from Lar de S. Jose Ká-Hó for an experience day at MGM to gain insights to the professional hospitality industry, specifically focusing on operations in a Western restaurant setting. Every participant was given a certificate and five outstanding performance awards were presented to the top F&B performers. This event was part of IACM’s 2017 Christmas charity campaign, which extended into the New Year. As part of Typhoon Hato Relief Program, MGM also helped to renovate the exterior and interior of Lar de S. Jose Ká-Hó school throughout January.
Disaster resilience programs: On January 15, MGM and CTM collaborated to offer a cloud backup service to local small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) as part of our SME Relief Program. Through this Program, MGM has sponsored over 70 local SME vendors to avail of the service to help strengthen the operational resilience of SMEs in the event of extreme weather like that of Typhoon Hato.
Broadening horizons: For the 4th year, MGM sponsored students from the University of Macau to go to Las Vegas for a behind-the-scenes tour of the operations at our parent company, MGM Resorts International. The company arranged a hotel site visit for the group of 48 students to see the operations at Bellagio, Aria, MGM Grand and the T-Mobile Arena. The students also participated in an Executive Panel to exchange ideas with MGM’s senior management team, as well as enjoy the featured show “O” at Bellagio.
Post Typhoon Hato donation to Holy House of Mercy: On January 3, MGM donated MOP700, 000 to the Rehabilitation Center for the Blind to help with the costs of restoration following the effects of Typhoon Hato.
MGM wins CEM Macau Energy Saving Award: On January 31, MGM received the “Continuous Energy Saving Award” at CEM’s annual energy saving contest as a recognition of our continuous effort in energy conservation between May and October since 2015. During these 6 months, MGM achieved consecutive monthly savings through the hard work of our Facilities Management teams. Since 2013, MGM has reduced energy consumption by 17% and over one third since opening.
Red-pocket recycling: Every year around Chinese New Year, thousands of trees are cut down to help make our Lai see (red-pockets). This year we can give back to the environment by recycling these pockets so it can be made into paper to be used once again. As part of our environmental commitments to reduce waste, we have supported the “Lai See Packets Recycling Campaign 2018” initiated by the Macau Environment Protection Bureau.
From February 21 to March 11, MGM will be collecting used red pockets from our staff for this recycling activity.
CNY Give and Take booth: To encourage waste reduction during Chinese New Year, we have set up a booth for our staff to exchange decorations and other leftover gift items with other team members. As the old saying goes, Nian Nian You Yu, (may every year end with ample surplus); the intention of the booth is therefore to encourage our staff to exchange any ample surplus, rather than buying new items, and at the same time reduce waste. This way we can exchange gifts while spreading green blessings to prepare for the coming New Year.
Recycling safety gear: As we no longer need all of the helmets and various safety equipment from our MGM COTAI site, we have initiated a helmet and safety gear campaign to both reuse (by distributing to departments that may need in future) as well as recycle though our recycling contractor.
Expanded office recycling: During January, we expanded our office recycling facilities to ensure all offices have access to can and plastic recycling facilitates. New plastic and can recycling bins now join our paper recycling facilities already in place in all offices and facilities.
Green Monday news: From January 29, our Employee Dining Rooms at MGM MACAU and MGM COTAI further committed to Green Monday by making the Green Monday menu totally plant-based (previously beefless). Now all of our employees at MGM MACAU and MGM COTAI can enjoy this specially crafted menu at our canteen every Monday and play a part in reducing the effects of climate change through our consumption habits.