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.
Garnered Corporate Social Responsibility awards:
On July 18, MGM was honored to win the PATA Gold Award in the CSR category with its “Making Great Moment to the Community” program, acknowledging for its on-going commitment to the local community, its employees and shareholders, as well as the environment.
On the same day, MGM was awarded with the “Outstanding Corporate Social Responsibility Award” and the “Ambassadors of Corporate Social Responsibility” by the Mirror Post of Hong Kong at the 7th Cross-Strait-Four-Region Outstanding Corporate Social Responsibility Award. It marks the second time that the Company has received the Award.
For the fourth consecutive year, MGM has been recognized by the leading financial publication, Institutional Investor, as “Most Honored Company” in the 2018 All-Asia Executive Team survey. MGM received honors in all polled categories under the Gaming & Lodging sector. The Macau-based team swept up a total of 15 awards.
Let’s Fight Food Waste Week: Reducing food waste is MGM’s sustainability priority and the Company takes actions through well-developed meal planning technique, building strong mindsets among teammates and making plans on food waste recovery. For making sure that all of our colleagues are on the same boat, MGM held the “Let’s Fight Food Waste Campaign” during 2-6 July, taking all reasonable courses of action to raise awareness around food waste reduction. We are glad to see all the positive feedbacks and supports during the campaign!
Employee farming experience: On July 3, MGM arranged a farming demonstration, allowing employees to get their hands dirty in a farming environment to dig up vegetables and pick fruit from the trees while also learning about what it takes to grow our food from landscaping professionals. Participating team members were also encouraged to bring their children to take part in the activity and together develop an appreciation of where food comes from and the resources used in creating it.
‘Show off your clean Plate!’ activity was held at employee dining rooms at both properties on July 4-6 to encourage everyone to take the appropriate amounts of food and finish it. Prizes were given to people that showed us clean plates during the 3-day event. The activity helped to promote good behaviors and increase mindfulness among our employees to only take what they can eat and not unnecessarily create food waste.
During the hours of the Campaign we managed to reduce our waste by 817 kg and achieved more than 2,900 clean plates. If we continue in that way, in one year, that will amount to 110 tons, or the weight of 28 elephants! Thank you to everyone who participated!
In-depth plate waste audit: From June 20-July 6, the Sustainability and Stewarding teams joined together to conduct a plate waste audit in the employee dining rooms at both Cotai and Macau properties. Food waste from plate was collected in hourly increments to understand the plate waste pattern and identify any opportunities to cut waste in our employee dining rooms.
Supporting sustainable growth and development of local SMEs:
From now on, MGM Leo’s Macau Travel Tips
tour maps will be distributed at MGM COTAI, MGM MACAU and MGM shuttle bus pick-up points.MGM Leo’s Macau Travel Tips
is a community revitalization program aiming to support the growth of local Macau micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) for their sustainable development in the community.
For more details of the program click here
Integrating creativity with local food culture: On July 25, MGM organized the “Celebrity Chef Graham Elliot Sharing Session– Creativity X Gastronomy” at the Macao Young Entrepreneur Incubation Centre. During the sharing session, Chef Graham shared his personal journey showcase Macau’s dynamic culinary scene to over 100 local young entrepreneurs as a chef. The chef also took the time in some of the Macau historical neighborhoods to gain an in-depth understanding of Macau’s creative industries and food culture, Chef Graham visited some creative lifestyle shops, restaurants run by young entrepreneurs, and traditional shops in the old Macau neighborhoods of Rua dos Ervanários and Rua de Cinco de Outubro.
Broadening the horizons of Ningxia students: On July 15, we welcomed about 90 students from Ningxia to MGM as part of the cultural exchange program in the Ningxia Student Summer Camp. The students were given an introduction of the hotel operation of MGM, and also toured the MGM COTAI Art Collection to learn more about the over 300 captivating artworks from world renowned artists, that have seamlessly been integrated with MGM COTAI’s public spaces.
Greater Bay Area’s Junior Lion Dance Performances: On July 23, MGM supported the “Greater Bay Area Young Entrepreneur Forum 2018” organized by the Macau Youth Entrepreneur Association with the Macao Foundation as sponsor. The forum aims to explore more opportunities and provide exchange platform for local entrepreneurs.
Greater Bay Area’s Young Entrepreneur Forum: On July 23, MGM supported the “Greater Bay Area Young Entrepreneur Forum 2018” organized by the Macau Youth Entrepreneur Association with the Macao Foundation as sponsor. The forum aims to explore more opportunities and provide exchange platform for local entrepreneurs.
Supporting youth development: For the fifth year, MGM supported the “CTM Youth Development Program” and offered a hospitality industry sharing session as well as property tours at MGM COTAI for 20 young participants. The program aims to encourage young people to take advantage of their summer vacation time for training activities to foster personal development.
Supporting Sino-Lusophone art exhibit: MGM is honored to be the special partner of The 1st Annual Arts Exhibition between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries – Alter Ego, being the only integrated resort operator to participate in the festival. Until September 9, MGM COTAI will be exhibiting an illusionary floor art piece by Portuguese artist Add Fuel, and a site-specific digital installation by Pedro Ferreira and Rita João, reinforcing Macau as a Sino-Lusophone Exchange Centre.