On Tuesday of this week, Points of Light, the largest organization in the world dedicated to volunteer service, recognized its 2016 Civic 50 winners at the Conference on Volunteering and Service in Detroit. Only two hospitality companies made the 2016 Civic 50 list: MGM Resorts International and Caesars Entertainment Corp. MGM and Caesars joined companies such as the Ford Motor Co. and General Mills. Not every company is eligible for the Civic 50. A company must have $1 billion or above in annual revenue. The Civic 50 is based on the results of a survey that focuses on four dimensions of a company’s U.S. community engagement program: investment (time, money, etc.), integration (how a company “does well by doing good”), institutionalization (institutional policies, systems, and incentives), and impact (how company measures its impact). Survey submissions were judged by a panel of nine. Both MGM Resorts and Caesars Entertainment issued press releases to highlight their inclusion on the Civic 50.
“We are extremely honored to be recognized among the Civic 50,” said Phyllis A. James, Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity and Corporate Responsibility Officer for MGM Resorts. “Our communities provide the critical framework for our business operations and the social infrastructure for our employees. For us, financial donations and volunteer service to our communities are not only a moral obligation that our company and our employees share, but also a vital part of our business imperatives.” MGM Resorts has a long history of supporting the communities in which it operates. Since 2002, MGM Resorts employees have raised more than $65 million and supported thousands of charitable organizations through the MGM Resorts Foundation. In 2015, MGM Resorts’ employees volunteered over 157,851 hours with nonprofit organizations and agencies. Jan Jones Blackhurst, Executive Vice President of Government Relations and Corporate Responsibility for Caesars Entertainment said, “The Civic 50 recognizes Caesars Entertainment’s broad-based commitment to corporate responsibility, including our environmental concern, economic development and volunteerism, employee well-being, and ethical business conduct. We are humbled to be in such remarkable company, and grateful for the recognition of our positive business and societal impact.” The Caesars Foundation has donated more than $70 million to local nonprofits and through the company’s HERO employee engagement initiative employees volunteer more than 200,000 hours each year.