Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth Executive Director Tim Mullin (l. to r.), Three Square President and CEO Julie Murray, MGM Resorts International Chairman and CEO Jim Murren, Nevada Partnership for Inclusive Education (PIE) Executive Director Judy Machabee and MGM Resorts International Board of Directors’ Diversity and Community Affairs Committee Chair Alexis M. Herman appear at MGM Resorts International’s Annual Diversity & Philanthropy Meeting at the Aria Resort & Casino at CityCenter in October
In what is an annual celebration of doing the right thing, MGM Resorts International Chairman and Chief Executive Officer James J. Murren and Alexis Herman, Chair of the Company’s Diversity and Community Affairs Committee of the Board, recently presented the latest results of the company’s Diversity and Philanthropy Initiatives at its formal Diversity & Philanthropy Meeting held at ARIA Resort & Casino. The event marked the 10th anniversary of the Diversity Initiative since it was launched in 2000.
Murren and Herman provided information about the progress of the Diversity Initiative, which showed outstanding results in the areas of supplier diversity, construction diversity and employment.
“It has become more important than ever, particularly in today’s recessionary economy, that we foster an inclusive culture of excellence aligned with our business mission,” said Herman. “As a result, we have emerged as a more cohesive, more productive and more effective Company.”
The company also provided information about its philanthropic giving and employee giving programs.
The company’s Corporate Charitable Giving Program is committed to supporting basic human needs, access to health care, education and the cultural arts in the communities where the company operates and employees live and work.
The MGM Resorts Foundation is the public foundation that collects and disburses employee donations to nonprofit charities and causes designated by its employees. Since its inception in 2002, MGM Resorts has disbursed more than $35 million in employee donations.
“Our company and our employees have donated enormous financial resources and countless hours to a myriad of organizations and causes to advance our host regions,” said Herman.
The Diversity and Philanthropy benchmarks presented included:
- Since the start of the company’s two-day Diversity Champion Training Workshop, MGM Resorts has graduated more than 11,000 Diversity Champions.
- About 61 percent of the company’s 62,000 employees are minorities. In the management ranks, about 44 percent of employees in the supervisory ranks are women, and 36 percent of employees in the supervisory ranks are minorities.
- Since 2001, MGM Resorts has expended a cumulative total of more than $1 billion with minority- and women-owned business development enterprises (MWBDE) suppliers, which is nearly 11 percent of the company’s total biddable spend for goods and services.
- Since 2001, MGM Resorts has expended a cumulative total of more than $1.5 billion with MWBDEs in construction work, including professional consultants and contractors.
- Since the MGM Resorts Foundation’s employee giving program was established in 2002, employees have donated more than $35 million to support host communities.
- Corporate giving to diverse organizations and individuals increased from 15 percent in 2002 to 51.51 percent in 2009. Employee giving to diverse organizations increased from 37 percent in 2002 to 76.75 percent in 2009.
The company also presented information about its newest plans, including a new goal set this year to train and graduate 4,000 employees from its Diversity Champions training program by the end of next year, and the recent introduction of the Chairman’s Diversity Roundtable sessions with employees.