"To get through the hardest journey we need take only one step at a time,
must keep on stepping."
A simple but impactful announcement in year 2000 by then MGM Resorts International Chairman and Chief Executive Officer J. Terrence Lanni established our Company's formal commitment to the policy of diversity and set our Company on an evolutionary
journey. Diversity is now a powerful declaration that resounds throughout
our Company, from the boardroom to corporate offices, in hotels and casinos, on
construction sites and in our community-focused initiatives.
Long before diversity was formalized at MGM Resorts International, our predecessor companies
pursued the ethos and principles of diversity through many of their respective
employment, community outreach and philanthropic efforts. To build upon the strength of our combined MGM Resorts International workforce, 50 percent of which represented diverse populations, and in recognition of the significant business and other benefits that
diversity offers, in 2000 MGM Resorts International became the first gaming company to launch a voluntary Diversity Initiative.
In establishing the MGM Resorts International Diversity Initiative, our objective was to foster an environment in which diversity is explicitly recognized as a fundamental part of not only among our employee population, but in all aspects of our business operations.
First, to demonstrate the highest level of commitment, MGM Resorts International's Board of Directors created a standing committee, the Diversity Committee, chaired by former U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexis M. Herman, to develop diversity policy and oversee its implementation as part of Company operations. The Diversity Committee was a
gaming industry first. We established a Diversity Department - another gaming industry first.
Next, we set out to identify and develop programs and practices that would give
sustainable life and momentum to diversity within our Company. In order to institutionalize diversity as a core value at MGM Resorts International, we commenced a
comprehensive management training program and employee awareness campaign throughout our Company. At the same time, we integrated diversity as a key
component of our major business functions, making it an integral part of our
business planning operations.
As a result, we developed and continue to refine an annual strategic plan to advance efforts in critical areas such as human resources, procurement, construction,
philanthropy, marketing and sales, and public relations. We expend significant time,
energy and resources throughout the Company's operations to help create
Now nine years after we commenced our formal initiative, diversity remains a critical business mission for us. To us, diversity is more than a set of statistics or numbers on a balance sheet. It is an intrinsic value that we try to weave into the fabric of our corporate culture.
Our expectation is that those associated with our Company - employees,
suppliers, contractors - meaningfully embrace our diversity objectives. We firmly believe that "doing the right thing" not only stands on its own, but also helps our Company serve our broad base of diverse customers better and more effectively. In other words, our Diversity Initiative reflects a true alliance between our social goals and our business goals.
For a timeline of our diversity initiative, please click here.