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.
Congratulations to the MGM Dragon Boat Team that roared to new heights at the 2018 Macau International Dragon Boat Races! Our women’s team raced to success by seizing the 2nd runner-up in the “Macau International Invitation Standard Dragon Boat Race – 500M”, and achieving 1st place in Macau. Our men’s team also made us proud by being the only team to represent Macau at the Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races, and placed as 6th in the lineup for the Greater Bay Area Trophy.
Recognizing MGM’s excellence in e-commerce: On June 7, MGM was honored with the gold award under the category of “Best E-Commerce Merchant – Hospitality and Travel” at the Asia e-Commerce Awards 2018 in Hong Kong for MGM COTAI’s property launch campaign. The ceremony honors the very best e-trailers, innovations and campaigns the e-commerce industry has to offer in the region.
Visiting the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge: On June 21, MGM participated in a tour of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, supported and facilitated by the Economic Affairs Department of the Liaison Office, to not only see the completion of the incredible construction, but also gain an in-depth understanding of the development opportunities that this new infrastructure provides to the Greater Bay Area.
National Education Seminar: On June 28, MGM organized the “Seminar on the Development of Chinese Traditions and Culture” for over 300 local team members at MGM COTAI, with the support of the Economic Affairs Department of the Liaison Office, to explore the historical roots, core values and culture of Chinese traditions that now shape the modern day views of the Chinese public and world of business.
Health check-ups for employees: As part of our “Healthy Mind, Healthy Life Campaign”, MGM arranged a professional team of medical staff to come onsite to offer 700 interested team members complimentary medical check-ups and health assessments to understand health indicators such as blood glucose and cholesterol levels, and body mass index.
Support for Orbis EYE Care: Thanks to our team members’ generosity, we have raised a record MOP238,500 in donations for the Orbis Raffle Campaign 2018, making MGM the biggest corporate donor in Macau for the 10th consecutive year. Donations will go to Orbis' sight-saving efforts as they prevent and treat avoidable blindness worldwide.
Responsible gaming awareness raising: On June 20 and 21, we invited the Youth Volunteers Association of Macao to help our team members to learn more about the concept of responsible gaming through the medium of fun games at the Responsible Gaming Promotion Roadshow.
MGM Macau Eco TrailHiker announced: On June 20, the date for the much anticipated MGM Macau Eco TrailHiker was announced as November 3rd. This is the second time MGM will be the official title sponsor for the Macau Eco TrailHiker, the largest community group hiking event in Macau, with the start and finish point being at the newly inaugurated MGM COTAI. This year’s event will also include a new event, the 20km Corporate Challenge, in addition to the 30km Corporate Challenge and the 10km Family and Fun Course.
MGM’s Junior Lion Dance Program dancers support the China Cultural and Natural Heritage Day: On June 10, the budding lion dancers from MGM’s Junior Lion Dance Program were invited to perform at the “Macao Intangible Cultural Heritage Carnival” held on the Cultural Affairs Bureau’s “Cultural and Natural Heritage Day”. The Carnival aimed to promote Macau’s deep cultural heritage as well as the importance of its preservation.
Energy Saving Week: In support of the Office for the Development of the Energy Sector’s (GDSE) Energy Saving Week 2018, from June 10-16, MGM held a host of energy saving activities during the period to support in raising awareness for energy conservation. Some of the highlights of the event included:
The Inter-departmental Energy Saving Champion Competition: We put all our departments head-to-head for best scores in three key initiatives. Firstly, team members were asked to submit ideas for the Energy Saving Ideas Competition asking departments to consider within their department how they can reduce energy consumption. Secondly, we set a quiz for team members to answer 10 questions related to both MGM’s energy consumption as well as more general awareness on energy saving. Lastly, the sustainability team conducted an office-wide energy audit during out-of-office hours to review which offices had the best energy saving efforts. Congratulations to the Human Resources team who were awarded as the Energy Saving Champion Department, receiving the Champion trophy made especially from recycled materials.
Technical energy seminar for local students: On June 14, MGM welcomed students from the University of Macau’s Department of Electromechanical Engineering Department for an in-depth technical seminar on MGM’s innovative engineering efforts to create a property leading in energy efficiency, as well as learn about the aspects which helped MGM to achieve the highest recognition in the China (Macau) Green Building Label.
Causal wear day & earth hour: On June 11, the Company joined the “lights-off” action organized by the GDSE encouraging the community to collaborate in switching off non-essential exterior lighting for 1 hour. MGM also participated in the Casual Wear Day to encourage team members to wear cooler clothing during summer and to keep air-conditioning at acceptable levels as a way to conserve energy.
Energy saving pledges: To help formalize energy efficient behaviors, department-specific Energy Saving Pledges were created for each department with top tactics for energy saving. The pledges were signed by senior management and framed and displayed in each department to remind us of daily actions, which over time collectively add up to creating huge change and positive impact.
A playful art journey: From June 27 - September 9, the MGM Art Space at MGM MACAU is proud to present ART IS PLAY. This is the 24th art exhibit at the MGM Art Space, inviting guests of all ages to embark on a journey of awakening, self-discovery and social interaction through play by inspiring the playful side of every visitor. The exhibit features colorful art installations by five artists, including Cindy Ng, Ayumi Adachi, tomtom, Camille Walala, and Janice Wong.
Student workshop with Janice Wong: On June 12 and 14, a special workshop was conducted by Janice Wong who teamed up with 20 students and professors from the Macao Polytechnic Institute’s Visual Art, Design and Music bachelor’s degree programs to collaborate on her edible art installation which can be found at the ART IS PLAY exhibit. During the workshop, Janice Wong also shared her stories and philosophy about her famed edible artwork as well as her influences and experiences which shaped her career.
Exchange visit with China Diaoyutai State Guesthouse: On June 20, MGM organized a cultural and gastronomic exchange session for a team from the China Diaoyutai State Guesthouse with the aim to exchange knowledge on wine tasting and hosting grand-scale national banquets. In addition to this knowledge sharing, the visit also included art and property tours.