Las Vegas Sands Corporation announced a new global corporate citizenship commitment, highlighted by signature global partnerships with the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the international nonprofit organization Clean the World.
The operator will contribute $7 million to the UNLV hotel college over five years to develop a global professional and executive education program and assist in the construction of a new academic building, as well as $1 million to Clean the World in 2014, the largest corporate gift in the nonprofit’s history.
Clean the World collects and recycles discarded hygiene products from hospitality companies and distributes them to those in need in more than 70 countries who are at risk for life-threatening, but highly preventable hygiene-related diseases, such as pneumonia, cholera and dysentery.
Both commitments are part of LVS’ new global corporate citizenship program, Sands Cares, which manifests the company’s core corporate social responsibility focus: “supporting people in the company and the hospitality industry, making local communities where LVS operates a better place to live, and reducing environmental impact on the planet.”
The LVS commitment to UNLV’s hotel college enables a first-of-its-kind global Center for International Hospitality and Gaming Education, an elite educational program intended to provide a variety of professional education assets to hospitality professionals in Las Vegas, Singapore and Macau, where LVS has significant presence, as well as in emerging markets.
The center will deliver curriculum that enables working professionals to obtain the skills and knowledge necessary for advancing their careers.
The LVS funding also supports construction of UNLV’s new Hospitality Hall, which will offer world-class educational facilities to build stronger links between the hospitality industry and the UNLV hotel college. Matched with state funding, the building is anticipated to be complete in fall 2017.