As MGM Resorts International transitions from a Las Vegas focused casino-resort Company into a national and international entertainment leader, we will continue delivering shared success to the communities in which we build, and the stakeholders we engage. We believe that diversity, philanthropy and sustainability are central to our joint success.
For the 77,000 people of MGM Resorts International worldwide, our sense of purpose in operating our business is matched by a deep sense of responsibility toward our stakeholders, our communities and our environment. This sense of responsibility extends from our world-renowned Las Vegas properties such as Bellagio, MGM Grand, Aria and Mandalay Bay to our unique resorts in Detroit, Mississippi, Maryland, Macau and beyond.
The CSR Committee of our board governs our efforts, with focus on three pillars:
Diversity and Inclusion
Diversity and inclusion are fundamental to our values, our people philosophy and our culture. We are diverse at all levels of our organization, including our board of directors (one-third diverse); our management ranks (43 percent women and almost 42 percent minority); and our workforce (more than 50 percent women and 66 percent minority).
Diverse-owned businesses, with which we have spent more than $4 billion since our efforts began in 2000, are an important part of our supplier base. During the construction of MGM National Harbor, Maryland — our latest resort — minority business participation exceeded 30 percent.
For future developments, we maintain a deep commitment to local and diverse employment and to local construction and supplier participation.
Philanthropy and Community Engagement
We take tremendous pride in the value we bring to our host communities through high-quality jobs, tax payments and philanthropy. Key investment areas include hunger relief, education, wellness and the environment — with substantial contributions to diverse clientele.
In 2015, MGM Resorts paid more than $1.4 billion in taxes, contributed $14.3 million through cash and in-kind giving, and supported more than 1,250 nonprofits, and our employees logged nearly 158,000 volunteer hours.
Our company was founded in the desert Southwest, which demands creativity in the stewardship of natural resources. Our comprehensive environmental program focuses on water, energy, waste management, supply chain, green building and stakeholder engagement.
As part of our energy strategy, we’ve changed more than 1 million light bulbs to LEDs, installed one of America’s largest rooftop solar arrays and pursued advanced building automation systems. These and other efforts are guiding steady progress toward our goal of a 20 percent reduction in energy use by 2020.
Our commitment to responsibility stems from our founder, Kirk Kerkorian. An extraordinary humanitarian, he focused on the vision of what could be rather than what was and on continuous innovation. His spirit guides us as we strive to make positive impacts on the regions in which we operate and on the world.