Jim Murren, Chief Executive Officer of MGM Resorts International, praised the casino operators in Las Vegas and the role they play in “increasingly stepping up as responsible global citizens”.
Publishing his thoughts through Fortune, Murren, who recognised’ Sin City’ as one of excessive and non-stop entertainment, praised a growing corporate culture that shows an expansion beyond’ simply serving customers and growing bottom lines.’
“The rationale is clear: Large, successful companies have a significant impact on the lives of their employees, communities, and the world—and they have a duty to do right by each,” Murren writes.
“That’s especially true in Las Vegas, where the Strip’s biggest operators—MGM Resorts, Caesars Entertainment, Wynn Resorts, Las Vegas Sands—are the driving force for the economy and some of the largest employers in Nevada.”
One example highlighted is that of a number of top attractions in Las Vegas, recognising Bellagio’s and Caesars Palace’s fountains as well as the famous Venetian as prime examples of sustainable water projects introduced by each parent company, saving millions of gallons a year for a city in the Mojave Desert.
In addition to a growing commitment to responsible gambling programmes and volunteer work for employees, Murren also praised efforts to use renewable energy sources and reduce environmental impacts.
Highlighting MGM’s own commitments through last year’s roll-out of its own social impact and sustainability mission, Murren concludes by calling on local workers to work together and unify efforts: “While Las Vegas companies have individually done tremendous work to fuel the city’s social, economic, and sustainable transformation, there’s no telling what we could do under a single, unified banner. Imagine a citywide strategy leveraging our resources to collectively do the most possible good.
“I hope that moving forward, we can start a new conversation about complementing each other’s efforts and making the most meaningful impact possible for our economy, our communities, and the planet we all share.
“I’m excited about what we can collectively accomplish, and I couldn’t be prouder of the Strip’s role in exporting the best of Las Vegas across the country and around the world.”