MGM And Caesars Taking Different Tacts On Terrorism

While some casinos like Caesars are upping security in the wake of terrorism, MGM Resorts is matching employee donations to civil rights organizations.

Caesars Palace and Bellagio casinos

When it comes to taking a stand, MGM Resorts is putting its money where its mouth is. The Nevada-based casino company recently launched a campaign against hate to raise funds for several civil rights organizations.

MGM matching employee donations to select groups

On Aug. 18, MGM Resorts International CEO Jim Murren emailed all of his employees. His email focused on the recent terrorist incidents in Charlottesville, VA. and Barcelona, Spain. More specifically, he discussed what the MGM family could do to try to prevent these events from happening again.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal received a copy of the email and published pieces of Murren’s remarks, including:

“While hate mongers and white supremacists have a constitutional right to express their views, we must stand strongly in defiance of violence, bigotry and anything that threatens our precious right to equality. You have my commitment that we will vigorously and zealously continue to reject hate speech and hate-based actions in any form.”

Additionally, Murren let employees know the company intended to match employee donations to a list of charitable groups.

ACLU, Anti-Defamation League among places to donate

Certainly the list of charities doing good work related to civil rights causes. However, for practical measures, MGM limited the employee matching to the following groups:

  • Anti-Defamation League
  • Southern Poverty Law Center
  • Human Rights Campaign
  • Council on American Islamic Relations
  • Asian Pacific American Advocates
  • League of United Latin American Citizens

MGM Resorts owns ten Nevada casinos which employ over 77,000 people, including Aria and Bellagio. The corporate office for the company is also based out of Las Vegas.

Other casinos aware terrorism is an issue

MGM is not the only casino to consider how the terrorism going on elsewhere in the world is impacting its employees in Las Vegas either. However, other companies are taking a more reactive approach to terrorism, while MGM is trying to be proactive and facilitate positive changes in the world.

In May of last year, it was Caesars Entertainment taking on terrorism. Their approach was a little less optimistic than MGM’s though.

Rather, the company adjusted employee training to better prepare for terrorism attacks. That training included better identifying possible explosive devices.

The upgrade in security training came after Las Vegas news outlet 8 News Now discovered ISIS prominently featured Sin City in one of its latest propaganda videos. The hope is if the casino is more proactive with security, potential terrorists will hopefully be more intimidated to try an attack.

So, while some casinos are proactive about protecting themselves from terrorism, MGM would rather try and champion some change, hopefully protecting more than just its employees and customers in the process.

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