MGM MACAU Receives Global Recognition for its Efforts to Fight Human Trafficking

MGM Resorts International Affiliates were twice recognized in 2017 for efforts to drive prevention and awareness of human trafficking
Dec 4, 2017 5:00 PM ET

LAS VEGAS, December 4, 2017 /3BL Media/ – Thomson Reuters Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the world’s biggest news and information provider, selected MGM MACAU as a top 15 global finalist for the “Stop Slavery Award” this month.  

The esteemed award recognizes companies that have taken concrete steps to eradicate forced labor from their supply chains. MGM MACAU was identified for its best practices and continued leadership in combating human trafficking across the globe.

“We are very proud of the selection of our MGM MACAU Affiliate as a global finalist in the movement to combat human trafficking and modern day slavery. We support measures to prevent trafficking, protect victims and prosecute traffickers,” said Phyllis A. James, Chief Diversity and Corporate Responsibility Officer for MGM Resorts International. “Respect for human dignity and human rights is fundamental to our hospitality and entertainment mission, and our dedication to ethical business conduct. Recognitions such as the Stop Slavery Award pull human trafficking out of the darkness, shedding light on this evil, its destructive effects on human society and the growing drive to eradicate it.”   

The “Stop Slavery Award,” in its second year, is judged by a prestigious panel of experts, including: Nobel Peace Prize Winner Kailash Satyarthi; Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr; Britain’s Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner Kevin Hyland; Executive Director of Human Rights Watch Kenneth Roth; International Criminal Prosecutor Patricia Sellers; and Thomson Reuters Foundation CEO Monique Villa. 

“To be a finalist for such an esteemed award alongside other global enterprises is truly motivating. It is an honor and testament to our commitments and proactive approach to human rights and anti-human trafficking,” Grant Bowie, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of MGM China Holdings Limited (indirect parent company of MGM MACAU), said. “Over the past years, we have worked vigorously to highlight this important issue. We see this as an opportunity to lead the way and to partner with other like-minded organizations and individuals to put an end to modern-day slavery worldwide.”

MGM MACAU’s selection was based on its robust awareness program developed in collaboration with representatives from the private, public and NGO sectors. The resort’s anti-human trafficking efforts include: movie screenings open to the public, and forums, roundtables and business luncheons in order to stimulate collaboration and action. Internally, MGM MACAU has provided anti-human trafficking trainings to its team members and established a Vendor Code of Conduct, with provisions related to supplier workplace standards in an effort to eliminate child labor, forced labor or any other violation of human rights.

The naming of MGM MACAU as a Stop Slavery Award global finalist is one of two anti-human trafficking honors received this year by MGM Resorts International Affiliates.

In April, the Federal Bureau of Investigation honored the security team at ARIA Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada with the Director’s Community Leadership Award, given to individuals and organizations that are successfully combating crime, terrorism, drugs or violence in America. ARIA’s efforts against human trafficking include a training course they created to educate security staff on how to identify and refer victims of human trafficking to relevant social services programs. More than 600 people have graduated from the course since its inception in 2014.  

These awards demonstrate MGM Resorts’ continued conviction against the destruction caused by human trafficking. For 2016-2017 our MGM Resorts Foundation funded a grant to the Salvation Army’s SEEDS of Hope program, which provides emergency, crisis intervention and restoration services to victims of all forms of human trafficking. MGM Resorts is also an active participant in the Southern Nevada Human Trafficking Task Force, a collaboration led by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department among local, state and federal law enforcement and members of the business, non-profit, faith-based and general community to coordinate anti-trafficking strategies, share best practices and raise awareness about trafficking prevention, detection and treatment of victims.

To read more about MGM Resorts’ initiatives against human trafficking, visit:

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 27 unique hotel offerings including some of the most recognizable resort brands in the industry. The company is expanding throughout the U.S. and around the world, developing MGM Springfield in Massachusetts and MGM COTAI in MACAU, and debuting the first international Bellagio branded hotel in Shanghai. The 77,000 global employees of MGM Resorts are proud of their company for being recognized as one of FORTUNE® Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies®. For more information visit us at

About MGM China Holdings Limited
MGM China (HKEx: 2282) is a leading developer, owner and operator of gaming and lodging resorts in the Greater China region. We are the holding company of MGM Grand Paradise, SA which holds one of the six gaming concessions/subconcessions to run casino games in MACAU. MGM Grand Paradise, SA owns and operates MGM MACAU, the award-winning premium integrated resort located on the MACAU Peninsula and is developing a second resort, MGM COTAI which is expected to more than double our presence in the world's largest gaming market, MACAU.

MGM China is majority owned by MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) one of the world's leading global hospitality companies, operating a portfolio of destination resort brands including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage. For more information about MGM Resorts International, visit the Company's website at


Sonya Padgett
MGM Resorts International