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MGM Resorts International has received the responsibility H.E.R.O.E.S award from the Western Regional Minority Supplier Development Council.

The award, which stands for Heart. Excellence. Responsibility. Opportunity. Equality. Service., is given to an organisation in recognition of their commitment to supplier diversity, advancing minority business success, and building economic wealth in Northern California, Nevada, and Hawaii.

The Las Vegas headquartered casino operator has been recognised for its leadership in inclusion and sustainable programs that allow minority businesses to thrive.

“WRMSDC applauds the incredible corporate members whose relentless commitment to supplier inclusion is moving the needle for economic equality in our communities,” stated Tanya Nixon, WRMSDC board chairperson

“WRMSDC advocates for over 900 minority businesses, supports the supplier diversity efforts of over 460 corporate members. Every year, our minority businesses create over 760,000 jobs, generate over $11bn in revenue, and contribute over $687.7m in taxes.”

MGM asserts an objective of providing businesses with opportunities that promote the strategic objectives of quality and price competition. This, it says, provides diverse enterprises with economic opportunity, access to developmental guidance, capacity-building experience and the potential for repeat business critical to growth.

“At MGM Resorts, we know that having an inclusive procurement strategy widens our pool of potential suppliers, which in turn makes our overall supply chain more agile for our changing business needs,” added Kenyatta Lewis, executive director of supplier diversity and sustainable sourcing for MGM Resorts International.

We also firmly believe that including MBEs in our procurement promotes entrepreneurship and is good for our society as a whole.”