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.
Asia Responsible Entrepreneurship Award: MGM once again is the only winner in Macau in the Asia Responsible Entrepreneurship Award program, and has been recognized in the category of “Investment in People” with its “Making Great Moments — Employee Development and Employee Engagement” project. This award demonstrated the Company’s commitment to continuous enhancement in training and support, as well as creating an engaging, empowering and supportive work environment for its Golden Lion Team.
Congratulations to MGM Culinary Team who swept eight awards at HOFEX 2019, including three Gold, two Silver and two Bronze in the prestigious Hong Kong International Culinary Classic. Amongst strong competition from Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Taiwan, Sous Chef Mr. Kwan Wing Fat from Imperial Court of MGM MACAU obtained a Golden Bauhinia Cup, which is the most prestigious award in Chinese Cuisine category. Meanwhile, Ms. Ip Wai Teng from Pastry & Bakery at MGM COTAI won a Gold with Distinction award by scoring full marks, being the only Gold with Distinction winner in this internationally-acclaimed competition.
Supporting sustainable tourism: On May 21, MGM hosted an educational talk and tour for participants of the “Sustainable Tourism Planning and Destination Management” training program jointly organized by Institute for Tourism Studies (IFT) Global Centre for Tourism Education and Training and The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). A group of 19 participants from the Maldives, Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Greater Bay Area of Mainland China and Macau visited MGM COTAI to learn about the MGM’s sustainability practices and infrastructure, as well as the various education programs for employees and the communities.
Learning state-level protocol and banquets: As part of its Talent Development Series to nurture local talent, MGM hosted the “Hosting World-class State-level Events in Macau - Seminar on State Level Banquet” for 150 team members and local academic communities. Mr. Daniel Fung, former Director of Protocol, Public Relations and External Affairs Office, and Ms. Li Xue, Deputy Chief of the Personnel Department of Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, were the keynote speakers who shared their vast professional knowledge and experience on hosting state-level banquets and international protocol affairs.
MGM Junior Lion Dance Team performed in the Opening Ceremony of Macao Art Festival and the Coloane Parade and Carnival: On May 3, Junior Lion Dancers performed at the opening ceremony of the 30th Macao Arts Festival hosted by the Cultural Affairs Bureau, at the Macao Cultural Centre Grand Auditorium.
On May 25, they were also invited to perform at the Parade of the Feast of the God Tam Kong organized by Associação de Beneficência Son I de Coloane, marching together from Rua da Cordoaria to Tam Kong Temple at Coloane Village.
Community Art and Charity Sale: MGM is holding the “Together, we add colors to our community” exhibition and charity sale, as part of the “Celebrating Macau SAR 20th Anniversary, joining hearts and hands for a greater community” series. Until June 30, the art wall installation “Together, we add colors to our community” is displayed at MGM COTAI’s Spectacle. In addition, MGM joins hands with Fuhong Society of Macau and Macau Special Olympics to set up charity sale, to introduce the products designed and created by their members.
After over ten months of intensive training, MGM Dragon Boat Team has successfully roared to new heights at Macao International Dragon Boat Races 2019 and snatched two Silver and one Bronze medals. In the Macau International Invitation Standard Dragon Boat Race – Women Category – B Final (500M), the women’s team competed against several strong teams from Asia and eventually won the first running-up. The team also won the first runner-up and second running-up in the Macau Standard Dragon Boat Race (500M) and the Macau Small Dragon Boat Race (200M) respectively.
Supporting World Challenge Day: On May 29, 500 MGM team members gathered at MGM MACAU’s Grande Praça and MGM COTAI’s Spectacle for a 15-minute morning workout jointly organized by Macau Sports Bureau and Municipal Affairs Bureau, and co-organized by Health Bureau.
Launching Management Certificate Course in collaboration with Macau Polytechnic Institute (MPI): The PRIDE Program is one of the diverse training programs that MGM offers to develop high-potential employees, comprised of a rich mix of learning opportunities alongside educational field trips. For this year’s PRIDE Specialist Track members, MGM and MPI have tailored a Certificate Course in Management, which is designed to cater the needs of the hospitality industry in Macau. The course covers a wide range of topics such as decision-making skills, conflict management, priority setting, as well as establishing and managing customer relationships, cultivating their global perspective and contributing towards the professional development in hospitality industry in the Greater Bay Area.
Exploring the Greater Bay Area – Shenzhen: In May, Mr. Grant Bowie, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of MGM China Holdings Limited, led a delegation of more than 20 members from the senior management team to make a visit to Shenzhen. They met with representatives of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the People’s Government of Shenzhen Municipality, and visited Sea World Culture and Arts Center, Reform and Opening up Exhibition Hall, Tencent, and many other world-renowned technology companies, learning more about the positioning of Shenzhen in the Greater Bay Area, and how the city is becoming a global hub of innovation and creativity.
The 58th Venice Biennale: Continuing MGM’s mission to support art and culture, new works by internationally renowned Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos are on show for the first time in Venice for the 58th Venice Biennale. The artist’s largest Valkyrie piece was shown in Valkyrie Octopus at MGM MACAU in 2015 and now travels to Venice with new elements; therefore, the Venice exhibition marks a continuation of this relationship, bringing a part of the East meets West cultural tastes between Macau, China and Portugal to new audience in Venice.
The exhibition also features Vasconcelos’ work Madragoa (2015-2019), a large-scale floor sculpture inspired by Lisbon’s buildings façades; I’ll be Your Mirror #1 (2019), a giant Venetian carnival mask made of mirrors; Betty Boop PA (2019), part of the artist’s famous shoes series.