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.
Recognizing outstanding teenagers: For the 4th year running, the Macau Outstanding Teenagers Award seeks to recognize exceptional teens within our community that possess impressive talent, drive, energy and enthusiasm for community and personal development. The campaign is organized every two years by the Young Men’s Christian Association of Macau (YMCA) and is sponsored by the Macau Education and Youth Affairs Bureau as well as MGM.
On September 24, the MGM ballroom filled with the winners and well-wishers for the prize-giving which also featured the new theme song, especially written and created for the campaign by two local artists and ambassadors from YMCA, Cherry Ho and Hyper Lo, as well as a video summing up the preparation and hard work the group put in throughout the selection process. Many congratulations to these talented teens!
Quite simply – giving blood saves lives. Every year millions of lives are saved by blood transfusion through the generous donation of others. On September 22, MGM once again held its annual blood drive to contribute to the Macau Blood Transfusion Center – a heartfelt thank you to our Golden Lion Team members for contributing to such a worthy cause!
Charity sale: On October 5-6, MGM held a special charity sale to support Caritas Macau’s community service program through a raffle ticket sale and booth selling a wide range of handmade gifts created by members of Caritas Macau’s Social Services Centre. For over 60 years, Caritas Macau has been dedicated to creating a better community and caring for those, both young and old, in need of a helping hand.
Raising awareness of modern day slavery: Not My Life is harrowing documentary exposing viewers to a world where millions of children worldwide are being exploited and forced to live in modern day slavery. As part of MGM’s commitment to supporting human rights and raising awareness of the devastating impacts of human trafficking, MGM made this astonishing documentary available to all staff via our employee intranet, including a quiz with prizes for those who took part.
Collaboration for responsible gambling: For the 8th year, MGM has actively participated in the Macau Responsible Gambling Campaign, which is collectively run by the Macau Social Welfare Bureau, the Macau Gaming Inspection Coordination Bureau, and the University of Macau. This event enables the public and private sector to work in partnership and advance leading responsible gaming practices within the industry and community. On September 27, MGM took part in the 2016 Responsible Gambling Promotion launch ceremony held at UMAC; this event will continue until February 2017.
Sharing our community values with prospective employees: On September 27, our first mass recruitment fair for MGM COTAI kicked off, with over 200 employment offers being signed right away. Caring for the community is a core company value, and to communicate our passion for giving back to future employees, MGM used four sketches depicting scenes from around MGM MACAU and MGM COTAI on the collateral for the event, created by Mr. Leong Ieng Wai, an autistic artist with an incredible talent who works at Macau Fuhong Society. Mr. Leong’s sketches are also on the front of our newest corporate gift notepad.
Supporting energy efficiency in the community: On September 27, the Macau ASHRAE Chapter was inaugurated - an engineering society dedicated to energy efficiency and sustainability in buildings. The first elected President of the Chapter was none other than our own Executive Director of Facilities Management, Mr. Peter Chan! In addition to hosting and sponsoring the event, MGM also donated the full set of ASHRAE technical materials as an educational resource to the University of Macau, to support Macau’s leaders and engineers of tomorrow.
Renovations with a green twist: You may have noticed MGM is working hard to update our property to ensure the highest of standards for our guest and operations, but did you know we’re also keeping environmental considerations at the heart? Whenever we renovate or refurbish, we always ensure to install equipment that is both energy and water efficient, lighting that is energy-saving LED technology, and we recycle as much of our building waste as possible.
MGM wins 5 HR Awards: On October 6, MGM received 5 prestigious awards at the HR Innovation Awards 2016 from Human Resources Magazine. Showing our commitment to employee development and well-being, MGM received Gold Medals for Excellence in Employee Development, Employee Work-Life Balance, and Organization Development, as well as receiving Bronze Medals in Excellence in Retention Strategy and Workplace Wellbeing.
The outstanding employee award goes to…: On September 22, the Stewarding Team’s Lao Sio Lei, received the Outstanding Employees with Disabilities Award in a ceremony organized by the Labor Affairs Bureau and Social Welfare Bureau to recognize positive contributions and excellence in the face of adversity. MGM is dearly proud of Ms. Lao’s achievement and dedication!
MGM’s Priders head to Singapore: As part of MGM’s PRIDE Program, a talent development program to fast-track high performing team members, MGM brought our current team of 25 Priders from the Managerial Track to Singapore to experience and learn about other innovative and best-practice management techniques from leading international companies. Following the trip, our Priders are now completing research projects based on their trip experiences and getting ready to graduate from the program.
It’s never too late to learn, grow and be the best you can be! On September 29, MGM launched the Continuing Education Series for local talent, unveiling three programs to helping our staff advance their careers and achieve greatness. These include the Diploma in Gaming Management program for Casino Management employees, Gaming Industry Occupational Quality Training for enhanced best practices, and the High School Diploma Program, offering staff the chance to complete their High School studies.
MGM interns celebrate new starts: On October 7, two cohorts of MGM interns graduated from the Institute of Tourism Studies, ready to start a new chapter. These interns took part in 6-month internships, across our departments, during 2014 and 2015 – we wish them all the best for their future careers!