Reversing Perception, Creating Impact: MGM CEO to Participate in Live Forum With CSRwire
What does corporate social responsibility mean for a leading hospitality brand?
The diversity of its stakeholders – from customers, investors, community activists to local governments and shareholders – and the prickly pieces of its business model aren't lost on MGM Resorts International, which has a widespread portfolio of properties across the U.S. and China. For a company that promotes lifestyle choices and has expansive scale, CSR becomes a carefully woven strategy that binds responsibility with accountability and transparency. And features multiple threads crossing across community groups,philanthropic initiatives and internal engagement.
Having won numerous awards for its diversity initiative, community work and sustainability programs, what does MGM Resorts' CSR strategy look like from the inside? What is a company in the hospitality, entertainment and gaming industry doing to turn the tides on how its business is perceived through a genuine commitment to CSR?
MGM Resorts International Chairman and CEO Jim Murren
Chief Diversity Officer Phyllis A. James
Chief Sustainability Officer Cindy Ortega
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He is the visionary behind CityCenter, the unprecedented urban resort destination that opened on the Las Vegas Strip in 2009 featuring centerpiece ARIA Resort & Casino. CityCenter – a sophisticated mix of resorts, residences, conference facilities, dining and retail -- is the largest “green” development in the world using cutting-edge solutions, CityCenter demonstrates daily that sustainability enhances the guest experience.
Cindy Ortega, SVP, Corporate Sustainability Division
Cindy oversees the development and implementation of strategies for environmental sustainability and awareness throughout the company. These include natural resource conservation, sustainable new construction, and environmentally sensitive company operations.
Cindy was also responsible for the oversight and achievement of the LEED certification of the $8.5 billion dollar CityCenter Project in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. Under Cindy’s guidance, six developments at CityCenter were awarded LEED Gold certifications making it the largest single Gold certified new construction project in the world. Additionally, 15 company resorts have earned the prestigious Green Key rating for environmental conservation from the sustainable operations certification body, Green Key Global.
Phyllis James, EVP, Special Counsel for Litigation and Chief Diversity OfficerIn this capacity she is responsible for management and supervision of Company litigation, including the coordination of outside litigation counsel. Ms. James is Chief Diversity Officer with responsibility for oversight of MGM Resorts' Diversity and Inclusion Initiative, as well as the Company's philanthropy programs and Diversity and Community Engagement Department. She also serves as a board member of, and special advisor and counselor to MGM Grand Detroit, LLC. Ms. James joined MGM Resorts in March 2002 as Senior Vice President and Senior Counsel.
Prior to joining MGM Resorts, Ms. James served with Mayor Dennis W. Archer as Corporation (General) Counsel and Law Director of a department of approximately 100 lawyers for the City of Detroit. She also practiced with the San Francisco-based law firm of Pillsbury, Madison, and Sutro before her position with the City of Detroit.