MGM Resorts International and its chairman and CEO, Jim Murren, have been presented the Anti-Defamation League's Americanism Award for the company's aggressive efforts in diversifying its management ranks.
The Nevada Regional chapter of the ADL presents the award annually to recognize leaders in government, community affairs and business endeavors who distinguish themselves for their humanitarian concerns and willingness to help others for the greater good.
In 2000, the company became the first in the gaming industry to implement a voluntary diversity initiative; today, about 63 percent of the company's 62,000 employees are minorities. Within its management ranks, 42 percent are women and 38 percent are minorities.
The company has spent about $3 billion in contracts with companies owned by the disadvantaged, women and minorities.
Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations and the keynote speaker at a recent "Celebrating Diversity" banquet honoring MGM Resorts and Murren, said the company "is a poster child of what you want a corporation to be. In some ways, this company is the future of America, a majority minority company as well as an extraordinary corporate citizen in environmental responsibility.”
In remarks published in the awards program, Gov. Brian Sandoval congratulated MGM Resorts and Murren for having "championed diversity and devoted resources and time to further the principles of fairness and inclusion for all people."
The company "has led by example in identifying opportunities and creating an environment that furthers diversity in Nevada," Sandoval said.
Caesars Entertainment CEO and President Gary Loveman congratulated Murren and MGM Resorts for "dedication to the progressive advancement of diversity and inclusion, making our industry and our shared communities better places to work and thrive."