At MGM China, we recognize that forced labor and human trafficking are crimes of global proportions. In 2017, the International Labour Organization estimated that 40.3 million people are living in modern slavery, also reporting that it is something that touches every sector and country, either directly or indirectly through supply chains.
We were the first operator in Macau to develop a Human Rights & Anti-Human Trafficking Policy which states the company’s support for the elimination of forced labor and human trafficking and its destructive effect upon humanity and our communities across the globe. The policy is accessible here: http://en.mgmchinaholdings.com/sustainability-Anti-human-trafficking.
We address risks associated with human trafficking through three key areas including recruitment, supply chain and community outreach and partnerships, with the following key activities in 2017:
- Training provided to all employees in new hire orientation as well as to our Security department
- Expert training provided to senior management by the Mekong Club, an NGO dedicated to combating modern slavery
- Participated in forums and speaker panels including at the Thompson Reuters Anti-Slavery Summit and at the International Tourism Partnership/Mekong Club Hospitality Roundtable on Modern Slavery
- Sponsored the Trust Conference, the global modern slavery forum
- Became signatory to the Business Pledge Against Modern Slavery initiated by the Mekong Club
- Set standards and expectations for suppliers through our Vendor Code of Conduct
Case study: Student Competition
We have held many forums over the years to raise awareness of the topic of modern slavery, however the question is often asked – “what can we do as individuals?”
To help answer that question, we hosted and sponsored a student competition on December 2, 2017, asking participants to propose innovative and creative ideas to address modern slavery in our day-to-day lives and create feasible action plans for their implementation.
Each student group presented to a judging panel including representatives from the Mekong Club, the Legal Affairs Bureau and MGM.