From food donations to bake sale items, over 900 Team Members from all across Marina Bay Sands came together in support of our 2014 World Hunger Day activities, resulting in our most successful campaign to date.
During the period of 26-30 May 2014, our drop-off boxes were filled with food donations from the Canned Food Drop Off drive – with a whopping 27 boxes full of food donations going to Food from the Heart, a non-profit organization that channels food donations to low-income families.
Our Clean Plate Challenge proved successful raising $1,580 for charity. By making sure we finished the food on our plates from our Team Dining Rooms (TDR), Marina Bay Sands donated $1 for every clean plate returned.
The cherry on the cake (literally!) was the huge success of the Bake Sale, where we got to sample the amazing confections from budding pâtissiers from all over the company! Through the concerted effort of bakers and buyers, we raised $13,162 for Food from the Heart, exceeding last years’ fundraiser.
These activities have been successful thanks to our Team Members. Their passion for philanthropy and dedication to a good cause has helped people in need.
Team members preparing for the bake sale
Marina Bay Sands President and Chief Executive Officer George Tanasijevich supporting the Loyalty Marketing booth
Food from the Heart representatives loading all the donated canned goods
Ever wonder what the largest company by revenue is in your state? Well, wonder no more! Broadview Networks, an information technology company, pulled data maintained by the business research firm Hoover’s to determine the largest company in each of the 50 states. If you happen to live in the Silver State, you might find a familiar name on this list. We are proud to say that Las Vegas Sands is the largest company in Nevada, with revenue of $13.76 billion!
We may be based in Nevada, however we take pride in being the world’s largest integrated resort company. Our financial success allows us the resources to make a difference in the communities we operate in all around the world including our recent $1 million donation to the global hygiene organization Clean the World, employee volunteer programs through the Boys and Girls Club in Pennsylvania, partnerships with WECARE Community Services in Singapore, and volunteer projects at the Macao Youth Volunteer Association in China, to name a few. We are honored to represent the great state of Nevada on this exclusive list. To read the article and see the full list, click here.
Las Vegas Sands recently helped Clean the World unveil new equipment that will double its production of recycled soaps. Check out the video from that event and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube page for access to all of our videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/LasVegasSandsCorp
Las Vegas Sands team members building hygiene kits at Clean the World
Today, Las Vegas Sands was privileged to be a part of an amazing advancement of Clean The World, which unveiled new equipment at its Las Vegas facility that will help the non-profit organization double its production of recycled soaps.
The new equipment is made possible by our recent $1 million donation through our corporate citizenship initiative, Sands Cares, and will allow Clean The World to enhance their distribution efforts to people in need here in Las Vegas and around the globe. Three local charities, Shade Tree, Las Vegas Rescue Mission and Three Square, will receive thousands of hygiene kits to be built by LVS team members for distribution to locals in need.
Now that the equipment is up and running, it is time to put it into action! We have set a goal of building 100,000 disaster relief kits to help those in need in Las Vegas and across the U.S. You can help us meet our goal by volunteering for our upcoming community kit builds.
Details of this event will be shared in the coming weeks; in the meantime be sure to subscribe to Sands Confidential to stay up to date with all of our Sands Cares news.
Las Vegas Sands is proud to add another phenomenal achievement in sustainable practices to our list of “green” accomplishments. The prestigious Newsweek Green Rankings has named LVS one of the most environmental companies in the world. We now hold the #18 spot on the U.S. 500 list and the #28 spot on the Global 500 list. These achievements make Las Vegas Sands the highest ranked consumer services company in the country and number two in the world.
The Green Rankings comprehensively assess the environmental performance of the 500 largest publicly traded companies in the United States and around the world. The rankings are based on eight key performance indicators; Energy Productivity, Greenhouse Gas Productivity, Water Productivity, Waste Productivity, Reputation, Sustainability Pay Link, Sustainability Board Committee, and Audited Environmental Metrics.
Through our global sustainability program, Sands ECO360°, LVS focuses on meeting the environmental objectives in the four fundamental areas; green buildings, environmentally responsible operations, green meetings, and stakeholder engagement. Our efforts have been recognized by independent organizations around the globe, including the International Organization for Standardization, EarthCheck and the Building and Construction Authority.
Las Vegas Sands takes our responsibility to environmentally-friendly operations seriously and are proud to receive such tremendous recognition for our efforts. To read more about Newsweek’s Green Rankings, click here.
We are proud to announce that Las Vegas Sands’ very own Biar Atem has been included in Fortune’s Heroes of the 500 list. Fortune found more than 50 people who have performed extraordinary acts of bravery, charity, ingenuity, or selflessness- transforming their communities in the process.
Biar was one of the thousands of “Lost Boys” from the South Sudan who were forced to abandon their homes when war threatened their very lives. After spending more than 14 years in refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya, Biar found a home in the United States. He ended up in Las Vegas in 2001 and took a job as a janitor at The Venetian. Since then, he has made the most of his new life by earning a bachelor’s degree in accounting as well as an MBA and is currently an auditor for Las Vegas Sands. Biar’s personal success, however, did not prevent him from remembering where he came from. He recently established the nonprofit South Sudan Center of America in order to assist the South Sudanese community through dialogue, education, and youth-focused programs that promote knowledge, hope and compassion.
To read more about the Heroes of the 500, click here.
In February 2014, Marina Bay Sands added another achievement in the area of sustainability by becoming the first MICE facility in South East Asia to obtain the ISO 20121 Sustainable Events Management System certification. This milestone demonstrates the integrated resort’s commitment to integrating its business operations with sustainable practices, boosting its competitive edge and helping its clients, partners, and stakeholders adopt responsible environmental and social practices.
ISO 20121, an international standard launched at the 2012 London Olympics, is designed to help improve sustainability throughout the entire event management cycle. The certification process required the integrated resort to consider internal and external stakeholders’ opinions in enhancing its sustainability programme. It also integrated the event management system into its daily operations, taking into consideration social, environmental and economic aspects. A strong monitoring and reporting system is also put in place and will be continually reviewed and improved upon to maintain programme integrity.
More recently, on 22 May, Global Initiatives and MCI were presented with the prestigious IMEX-GMIC Green Meeting Award for the Responsible Business Forum on Sustainable Development held in Singapore in November 2013. Marina Bay Sands was proud to have played an important role in producing the Responsible Business Forum as a leading sustainable event venue for the forum.
Led by Las Vegas Sands’ global sustainability strategy – Sands ECO360°, Marina Bay Sands integrated sustainability from the beginning of the design and construction of its property. It can be seen that going green is certainly more than a concept to Marina Bay Sands and we are going green for the long haul.
In addition to being the first venue in Singapore to be ISO 20121 certified, Marina Bay Sands is also the single largest building in Singapore to be conferred the Green Mark Gold Award by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) in 2012 and the first venue outside of the U.S.A. to receive the Apex/ASTM Level 1 certification for sustainable meetings in 2013.
The Sands for Singapore first quarterly volunteerism activity for 2014 was another success with overwhelming support coming from Team Members. During five days in February, over 330 volunteers came together at two locations to prepare food for the needy.
Up before sunrise, eager and compassionate Team Members cooked and packed food in the Willing Hearts soup kitchen amidst chatter and laughter. Another group of volunteers were on our property packing cookies for the festive season.
It was great to see Team Members taking the opportunity to connect with each other while doing their part for charity.
John L. Smith recounts Las Vegas Sands Chairman & CEO Sheldon Adelson’s humble beginnings and how his entrepreneurial juices started flowing with his first job selling newspapers when he was only 10 years old:
Adelson quickly realized it was better to “buy” the corner than to work for someone who only let him keep a few nickels at the end of the day. But where would he get the $200 asking price?
His parents couldn’t help him.
“Now, 200 bucks to my parents in those days is like $2 million today,” he said, explaining that he managed to borrow $200 from his “Uncle Al,” the treasurer of a credit union.
Never mind that Adelson was only 10. He landed the loan and bought the corner, eventually parlaying the early business venture into two corners with help from a second advance from his generous and demanding uncle.
“He said, ‘The way you conduct the rest of your life will depend on how you handle this,’ ” Adelson said.
After he had repaid the loan on time and with interest, he concluded, “I learned about interest. I learned about loans. I learned about reliability. I learned about Uncle Al.”
Team members from The Venetian, Palazzo, and Sands Expo volunteered their time at Clean the World’s Las Vegas location last week by putting together nearly 2,000 hygiene kits that will be sent to underserved populations in our local communities and around the world. Las Vegas Sands has dedicated $1 million to Clean the World in 2014 as part of our new global corporate citizenship program, Sands Cares. Clean the World works diligently to collect and recycle discarded hygiene products from hospitality companies and distributes them to those in risk of life-threatening hygiene-related diseases, such as pneumonia, cholera and dysentery. To learn more about Sands Cares and our partnership with Clean the World, visit www.sandscares.sands.com.