LAS VEGAS, March 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is one of "America's Top Corporations for Women's Business Enterprises," according to the Women's Business Enterprise National Council, a national leader in women's business development and certification.
The "Top Corporations" list is the only national award program honoring corporations for leading Supplier Diversity initiatives that proactively integrate Women's Business Enterprises into their supply chains. Companies named to this list were honored during a dinner at the WBENC Summit & Salute to Women's Business Enterprises in Baltimore, MD.
"As a WBENC Top Corporation, MGM Resorts International fosters diversity and enables growth for women-owned businesses by providing access to increased opportunities in new markets," said Pamela Prince-Eason, President and CEO of WBENC.
MGM Resorts is the sole company in the integrated resort industry, and the only company based in Nevada, to earn a spot on WBENC's latest list. Other companies named to the list include: IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Kellogg Company, The Coca-Cola Company and PepsiCo, Inc., among others.
"This is a great honor for our company," said Phyllis A. James, Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer. "MGM Resorts believes strongly in helping diverse businesses reach the level where they can become competitive providers of our products and services. Our relationship with WBENC allows us to forge partnerships with qualified businesses that reflect our diverse community."
Since introducing its Supplier Diversity Program in 2001, MGM Resorts has spent hundreds of millions of dollars with women-owned suppliers. In 2014, MGM Resorts spent a total of $128 million on goods and services purchased through minority, women and diverse-owned businesses. The program is part of a larger company diversity initiative that has been recognized by leading diversity publications including DiversityInc, Black Enterprise and HispanicBusiness.
For more information about the MGM Resorts Supplier Diversity Program, please visit: www.mgmresorts.com/csr.
Founded in 1997, WBENC is the nation's leader in women's business development and the leading third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women, with more than 12,000 WBENC-Certified WBEs. WBENC certification is accepted by more than 1,000 corporations representing America's most prestigious brands, in addition to many states, cities and other entities. Throughout the year, WBENC and its 14 Regional Partner Organizations provide opportunities for interactions between more than 650 member corporations, government agencies and thousands of certified WBEs at business building events and other forums. WBENC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For more information, please go to www.wbenc.org.
About MGM Resorts International
MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is 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. The Company is in the process of developing MGM National Harbor in Maryland and MGM Springfield in Massachusetts. The Company also owns 51 percent of MGM China Holdings Limited, which owns the MGM Macau resort and casino and developing a gaming resort in Cotai, and 50 percent of CityCenter in Las Vegas, which features Aria resort and casino. For more information about MGM Resorts International, visit the Company's website at www.mgmresorts.com.
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