New environmental efforts, employee diversity and gender equity were among the year’s major initiatives.
Wynn Resorts employs nearly 25,000 people in Wynn and Encore Las Vegas, Encore Boston Harbor, Wynn Macau and Wynn Palace, and if you were to ask almost any employee about the values the company espouses, they might not be able to list them all. But they could tell you individually what they do. In fact, last year, they volunteered 22,000 service hours and more than $24 million to hundreds of causes, including relief efforts after Typhoon Hato in Macau and Hurricane Harvey in Houston. They adopted classrooms in an at-risk Las Vegas neighborhood elementary that boosted student test scores and the school’s overall rating. They built and opened a Crisis Intervention Center to serve homeless veterans in partnership with Veterans Village Las Vegas. All that community-mindedness is baked into the culture.
“Wynn has always had a family feel, and we’ve always been a corporation that has an entrepreneurial spirit,” says Corrine Clement, Vice President of Wynn Resorts’ newly created Culture and Community Department. “We are 25,000 completely unique and diverse individuals that bring this extraordinary resort to life and create unforgettable memories for guests every day. We’ve always felt like that, but now we’re really telling our story so that the world understands all the things we do.”
To that extent, Wynn released its 2017 Global Sustainability Report, which not only tells that story to the world, but also tells those 25,000 employees what their counterparts in other countries—or just a building away—are doing. In 2017, Wynn created the new department Clement leads, which supports diversity and inclusion, gender equality, and fair treatment in the workplace, and has introduced new benefits including paid parental leave, a first among Nevada casino resorts. Also new is the Women’s Leadership Forum, designed to close the gender gap in management and promote growth for women at all levels.
A stunning $12 million investment in solar energy, including the opening of the 160-acre Wynn Solar Facility and the installation of 103,000 square feet of solar panels on the Wynn Las Vegas rooftop, is another of the report’s highlights. Add to that the creation of a living shoreline along the Mystic River at the site of Encore Boston Harbor, restoring more than seven acres of damaged shoreline, and the year’s news is compelling both from a human and an environmental standpoint. “Our core belief is that the guest experience comes first,” says Erik Hansen, Wynn Las Vegas’ Director of Energy Procurement. “And what we know is that our sustainability efforts are making our resorts better for our employees and better for our guests. Our thinking around sustainability is the bottom line message about our culture.”