MGM leads the way on diversity

MGM leads the way on diversity

Thursday, March 17, 2016 Totally Gaming

MGM Resorts has been recognised for its commitment to diversity by a leading organisation in women's business development and certification in US.

The company was the only casino operator among the list of ‘America's Top Corporations for Women's Business Enterprises’ selected by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). It was joined by the likes of The Coca-Cola Company, FedEx and Johnson & Johnson among the 62 corporations chosen.

MGM Resorts has spent a cumulative total of more than $3bn (€2.7bn) with diverse-owned suppliers, contractors and service providers since the start of the company's supplier and construction diversity program in 2001. MGM said the programme is part of a larger company diversity initiative that has been recognised by leading diversity publications including DiversityInc, Black Enterprise and HispanicBusiness.

"This is a great honour for our company,” said Phyllis James, executive vice-president and chief diversity officer. “Economic empowerment is vital to achievement by American women of full economic, social and political equality. MGM Resorts is committed to inclusion of women-owned businesses in our stream of commerce.”

WBENC said its ‘Top Corporations’ list is the only national award programme honouring corporations for leading supplier diversity initiatives that reduce barriers and drive growth for women-owned businesses.

Pamela Prince-Eason, president and chief executive of WBENC, added: "We are so proud of WBENC's Top Corporations, including MGM Resorts, for choosing to set the standard for access and increase opportunities to women suppliers in new markets – both domestically and internationally.

“WBENC-Certified WBEs in turn are able to fuel innovation, and empower communities through economic growth and job creation."

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