MGM Human Rights & Anti-Human Trafficking Position Statement
MGM China Holding’s Limited (“MGM”), as a leader in the hospitality industry, supports the protection of human rights. MGM is committed to conducting our business operations accordingly, which includes standing against forced labor and trafficking.
We recognize that forced labor and human trafficking is a crime of global proportions.
The International Labour Organization (ILO), a specialized agency of the United Nations, estimates that almost 21 million people are in forced labor, including 5.5 million children and 4.4 million in forced sexual exploitation. In 2014, the ILO estimated that illegal profits from forced labor worldwide amount to approximately $150 billion per year, making forced labor, slavery or involuntary servitude, unlawful child labor and/or sexual exploitation against men, women or children one of the largest illicit money-making activities in the world.
MGM supports the elimination of forced labor and human trafficking and its destructive effect upon humanity and our communities across the globe.
MGM Human Rights & Anti-Human Trafficking Policy
MGM’s Human Rights & Anti-Human Trafficking Policy formalizes the company’s commitment to uphold and respect human rights for all people. This policy is guided by international human rights principles encompassed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the ILO’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, the United Nations Global Compact, and the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
It is MGM’s policy that we, and our suppliers, shall not traffic persons or use any form of slave, forced, bonded, indentured or prison labor. This includes the transportation, harboring, recruitment, transfer, or receipt of persons by means of threat, force, coercion, abduction, fraud, or payments to any person having control over another person for the purpose of exploitation.
MGM seeks to identify, assess and manage human rights impacts within our areas of influence.
Employees & Contractors
MGM respects the human rights of our employees and follows the ILO’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, including non-discrimination, prohibition of child and forced labor, and civil and political rights.
MGM’s policy is to treat all employees with equity and fairness, and provide a proper process and forum where grievances can be heard, discussed and resolved. Our approach and objectives for resolving grievances are outlined in our Grievance Policy and Procedures.
MGM’s Employee Handbook is made available to all employees during new hire orientation and outlines the nature of our secure employment including information such as fair compensation and benefits, holiday and leave allowance, background checks (to which all information is treated in a confidential manner and data privacy of employees is always respected), retirement and dismissal details, and our commitments to being an equal opportunity employer.
Strict terms are enforced with recruitment agencies such that they can only charge our candidates according to contract agreement terms. If we find out they charge any expenses other than those we have agreed, we will immediately terminate the business relationship with these agencies. In addition, the agencies have no right to withhold pre-hires’ passports except in the case that passports are needed for procedures.
All employees receive training on human rights and anti-human trafficking in new hire orientation. This Position Statement & Policy is also available on our employee intranet. MGM provides detailed human trafficking awareness training to all security staff on how to identify and take action with any suspected case. In 2016, MGM arranged comprehensive training for all senior management, provided directly by the government-led Human Trafficking Deterrent Measures Concern Committee, to understand the important initiatives underway in the Macau community to drive prevention and awareness.
We expect our contractors, suppliers and business partners to support our aims outlined in the policy. MGM has developed a Vendor Code of Conduct with provisions related to supplier workplace standards in an effort to eliminate child labor, forced labor, human trafficking or any other violation of human rights. All new suppliers must sign in acknowledgement of our Company requirements. In addition to supplier pre-registration due diligence, adherence to the Vendor Code of Conduct will be regularly monitored with announced and unannounced audits to track compliance. Risk assessment of our supply chain is evaluated through compliance with the Vendor Code of Conduct as well as through best practice screening frameworks which identify at risk products and associated regions.
Community Outreach and Partnerships
We understand that the eradication of forced labor and human trafficking is a complex process that can only be fully achieved through constructive partnerships across the public and private sector, as well as with the general public, and on a global scale.
As a leader in the hospitality industry, MGM has an important role to play in combatting this global issue. We participate in, and organize, multi-stakeholder collaborations, such as aware-raising forums and roundtable discussions, to join forces across the public and private sector.
Key initiatives have included:
Hospitality Seminar on Anti-Human Trafficking
On March 15, 2016, MGM hosted and sponsored the “Hospitality Seminar on Anti-Human Trafficking”. Facilitated by the Mekong Club, this roundtable seminar welcomed professionals from local hotels, operators and other community partners to discuss direct actions the hospitality sector can take through its operational and supply chain activities.
The seminar focused on helping to raise awareness on the different ways human trafficking impacts hotels and how it can be from the viewpoint of HR, Procurement, Hotel Operations and Security for example. Case studies and interactive exercises were used to help participants understand realistic action that can be taken. Tools, guidance, and approaches to enable company risk assessment and responsible labor practices (both direct and recruitment hiring) were also provided.
Hospitality Collaboration Luncheon on Anti-Human Trafficking
On March 16, 2016, as a follow-on to the Hospitality Seminar on Anti-Human Trafficking, MGM co-organized a gathering with other Hotel General Managers in Macau to encourage collaboration and idea sharing for anti-human trafficking in the hospitality sector. This luncheon was facilitated by the Mekong Club.
Documentary Screening of Not My Life
On September 13, 2016, in collaboration with the Good Shepherd Center, another non-profit dedicated to human rights protection, MGM sponsored and hosted a public screening of “Not My Life” on, a harrowing documentary exposing viewers to a world where millions of children worldwide are being exploited and forced to live in modern day slavery.
Over 100 participants joined from local companies, government bodies, schools, universities, NGOs and MGM management. Short presentations were also given by Legal Affairs Bureau, the Human Trafficking Deterrent Measures Concern Committee, the Judiciary Police, the Social Welfare Bureau, and the Good Shepherd Center. This documentary was then made available to all employees on our company intranet.
Business Leadership to End Human Trafficking & Modern Day Slavery
On March 17, 2015 MGM hosted and supported a conference led by Macau Good Shepherd Center and VITAL Voices USA on "Business Leadership to End Human Trafficking & Modern Day Slavery" and welcomed key spokespeople from across the private sector.
This day-long summit aimed to raise awareness and encourage local business leaders to take action to end human-trafficking. The full-day event included presentations from: Macau government bodies including the Social Welfare Bureau, the Office of Secretary for Security, and the Human Trafficking Deterrent Measures Concern Committee; the Spanish Consulate in Hong Kong and Macau and the Embassy of Netherlands in Thailand; and NGOs and experts in this space including the Global Fund to End Slavery, the Mekong Club, CSR-Asia, ECPAT Philippines and an appointed United Nations Expert Review Group.
Co-sponsors and collaborators included: the Macau Government Tourist Office, Macau Social Welfare Bureau, Macau Foundation, the Office of the European Union to Hong Kong and Macau.
Members from across the public and private sector joined this event. MGM also ensured that MGM top management also joined for a unique training/education opportunity.
Anti-Human Trafficking Committee Convening
On June 16, 2015, MGM brought together its top management, including MGM’s CEO, with government representatives and NGOs to brainstorm workshop ideas for industry-wide collaboration on anti-human trafficking and concrete steps the integrated resorts could take. Representatives came from the Good Shepheard Center, the Judiciary Police, the Social Welfare Bureau, and the Human Trafficking Deterrent Measures Concern Committee. This session was facilitated by the Mekong Club.