MGM Resorts International, Owner and Operator of Empire City Casino In New York, Releases Annual Social Impact and Sustainability Report
Yonkers, NY – MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) (“MGM Resorts” or the “Company”) recently announced the publication of its 2022 Social Impact and Sustainability Report detailing the company’s continued and steadfast commitment to its Environmental, Social, and Governance (“ESG”) principles of embracing humanity and protecting the planet. The report also highlights MGM Resorts strategies, programs, and performance focused on creating a more sustainable future and making a positive impact on the lives of their team members, guests, and the local communities in which they operate.
“We are incredibly proud of the efforts we have made in the past year to cultivate our company culture,” said Jyoti Chopra, MGM Resorts chief people, inclusion and sustainability officer. “Our employees are empowered to use their individual and collective strengths to help the company achieve our goals in the areas of environmental sustainability, philanthropy and diversity, equity and inclusion. In 2022, we proved how working together can result in success and meaningful progress.”
Highlights outlined in the report include the company’s water conservation efforts and collaboration with business leaders to address global water challenges, MGM Resorts’ double-A rating by the Carbon Disclosure Project (now “CDP”) for corporate transparency and performance on climate change and water security, continued support of the military community and MGM Resorts’ partnership with Grant a Gift Autism Foundation to provide job placement for young adults on the autism spectrum, among other accomplishments.
As a member of the MGM Resorts portfolio, Empire City Casino in New York, is equally committed to social impact and sustainability initiatives that benefit the greater-New York region, including communities throughout Yonkers, Mount Vernon, the Bronx and beyond. Each year, dozens of charitable organizations receive grants and in-kind donations demonstrating hundreds of thousands of dollars to support programming in the company’s focus areas of public education, food insecurity and workforce development.
Community volunteerism is a paramount focus at MGM Resorts, with the company goal set at exceeding 1.12 million employee volunteer hours by year 2025. Empire City team members have volunteered nearly 400 hours to area nonprofit organizations and are proud to be a Volunteer New York! Corporate Champion. As communities continue to recover from the pandemic in the face of rising inflation, nonprofit organizations are increasingly more reliant on volunteers to successfully deliver critical services and meet the growing needs of area families. Empire City volunteer efforts include facilitating backpack drives for students as they head back to school, graffiti cleanup initiatives across various communities in the Bronx, assembling reading kits for students, cleaning up the Saw Mill River on Earth Day, friendly cooking competitions to support youth programs, Feeding Westchester’s Annual Golden Scoop event, and over the past 10 years, donating time each summer to facilitate one of the largest simultaneous ALS Ice Bucket Challenges in the world, an event co-founded by the late Yonkers native Pat Quinn which has generated billions of dollars in donations for ALS research.
Workforce development is one of three primary philanthropic focus areas of the company with a goal to provide tools and resources needed for individuals to successfully enter the workforce and develop careers. Empire City Casino supports such programs through area organizations including Greyston Foundation, ArtsWestchester, BronxWorks, Bronx Chamber of Commerce Foundation, and The Guidance Center of Westchester, along with VISIONS Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
Rising food prices continue to be a strain on budgets, particularly for families and seniors. Empire City supports efforts to combat food deserts in Westchester and Bronx communities and provide residents access to fresh locally-sourced food. Programs implemented by many area nonprofits receive funding from Empire City, such as Feeding Westchester, New York City Food Bank, Yonkers Family YMCA, Yonkers Community Action Program, Youth Shelter Program of Westchester, and Catholic Charities. These nonprofit organizations implement area programs to combat food insecurity.
Empire City also provides ongoing support of public education programs to facilitate academic success of area students. The Youth Community Outreach Program (“Y-COP”) of Mount Vernon, a certified childcare provider which helps provide families with equitable access to much-needed childcare and educational programs, along with ArtsWestchester, Untermyer Performing Arts Council, United Way of Westchester & Putnam and others were grant recipients to support educational programming.
Empire City is also committed to sustainability efforts and has provided financial support for organizations such as Groundwork Hudson Valley, which creates sustainable environmental change in urban neighborhoods through community-based partnerships that promote equity, youth leadership, and economic opportunity. Empire City team members have volunteered dozens of hours cumulatively to help remove hundreds of bags worth of garbage from the Saw Mill River as part of an annual Earth Day initiative. Empire City has implemented a comprehensive water management program to maintain water quality and safety throughout the property.
“Social impact and stewardship are at the forefront of what we do at Empire City in New York, and MGM Resorts globally,” said Taryn Duffy, vice president of public affairs at Empire City Casino. “We are colleagues, neighbors, and friends, and our commitment to community is unwavering. To be part of a company with aligned corporate values is a source of pride. We are proud of what we have accomplished so far and we’re not done yet.”
MGM Resorts’ bold social impact plan entitled “Focused on What Matters: Embracing Humanity and Protecting the Planet,” includes concrete long-term goals to guide the company’s commitment to social impact and sustainability. The framework for these goals is based on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and is centered on three pillars: fostering diversity, equity and inclusion, philanthropy and community engagement, and environmental sustainability.
Empire City will soon announce the next round of grant recipients to continue its commitment of supporting local organizations and nonprofits delivering key resources and programs to communities throughout the Bronx, Westchester and beyond.
For more information on Empire City, please visit www.empirecitycasino.com.
About Empire City Casino by MGM Resorts
Empire City Casino by MGM Resorts is one of the largest entertainment and gaming destinations in the northeast. Featuring nearly 4,700 of the hottest slots, electronic three card poker, blackjack, craps, roulette, baccarat and sic bo table games, Empire City Casino also offers guests year-round harness racing and international simulcasting; live entertainment including the best party, tribute, and Latin bands; New York’s hottest DJ’s, and more. A selection of dining options will satisfy even the most discerning palate with fan-favorite fare at The Pub, and convenient delicious options at Lil’ Cocina and the Big Kitchen International Food Court. Visit Empire City Casino by MGM Resorts located at 810 Yonkers Avenue (off I-87 at Central Avenue) Yonkers, NY, Westchester County, open seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. Empire City Casino is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM). For more information, visit www.empirecitycasino.com or call 914.968.4200.
About MGM Resorts International MGM Resorts
International (NYSE: MGM) is an S&P 500® global entertainment company with national and international locations featuring best-in-class hotels and casinos, state-of-the-art meetings and conference spaces, incredible live and theatrical entertainment experiences, and an extensive array of restaurant, nightlife and retail offerings. MGM Resorts creates immersive, iconic experiences through its suite of Las Vegas-inspired brands. The MGM Resorts portfolio encompasses 31 unique hotel and gaming destinations globally, including some of the most recognizable resort brands in the industry. The Company’s 50/50 venture, BetMGM, LLC, offers U.S. sports betting and online gaming through market-leading brands, including BetMGM and partypoker. The Company is currently pursuing targeted expansion in Asia through the integrated resort opportunity in Japan. Through its “Focused on What Matters: Embracing Humanity and Protecting the Planet” philosophy, MGM Resorts commits to creating a more sustainable future, while striving to make a bigger difference in the lives of its employees, guests, and in the communities where it operates. For more information, please visit us at www.mgmresorts.com. Please also connect with us @MGMResortsIntl on Twitter as well as Facebook and Instagram.
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