Wynn Resorts recently issued its Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report, defining the company’s important milestones in 2021. The report provides insight into key initiatives including the company’s continued commitment to decrease emissions; an enhanced diversity and inclusion program; a comprehensive human trafficking prevention program; and transformative investments in the communities in which the company operates.
“Wynn Resorts brings the same level of effort and dedication to our ESG efforts as we do to all our business operations,” said Craig Billings, CEO, Wynn Resorts. “We focus those efforts around three key areas: Our People, Our Communities, and Our Planet. As proud as I am of the accomplishments mentioned in this report, I’m confident our record will continue to improve thanks to our talented and dedicated team.”
The Wynn Resorts sustainability program, known as Goldleaf, houses scientific solutions to the wide range of environment and climate challenges that are unique to each resort. In 2020, the company clearly defined ambitious corporate sustainability goals that are aligned with the recommendations made by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change:
- Net-Zero by 2050: To reduce or offset all carbon dioxide (CO2) produced by our operations no later than 2050.
- Carbon Dioxide Emissions Peak by 2030: To stop and reverse year-over-year growth of operational carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2030.
- 50% Renewable Energy Procurement by 2030: To increase Wynn Resorts’ supply of renewable energy produced or procured to at least 50% of total consumption by 2030.
In 2021, the company achieved key metrics to advance environmental initiatives:
- Wynn Las Vegas reduced its annual water consumption by 16% relative to 2019. To adapt to today’s challenges, Wynn Las Vegas collaborates on water conservation goals with the Southern Nevada Water Authority. The resort monitors and minimizes water usage, with the goal of reducing consumptive water use. The company’s mitigation programs include investing in smart technologies, controlling and repairing leaks, metering water use on a functional basis, prioritizing water efficiency equipment and appliances and aligning practices across the portfolio of resorts.
- Encore Boston Harbor continues to receive 100% of its purchased electricity from renewable sources of power with an onsite microgrid balancing solar energy production, combined heat and power co-generation, and utility-scale battery storage.
- Wynn Las Vegas recycled, reused or composted 4,000 tons of material in 2021 through a comprehensive waste management program, including recycling 271 lbs of personal protective equipment. Encore Boston Harbor diverted 100% of material waste from the landfill in 2021, matching the same diversion in 2020.
Additionally, the 2021 ESG report showcases long-standing corporate values of giving and core behaviors that govern fair, transparent, and ethical behavior. Under the pillars of Our People, Our Communities, and Our Planet, highlights include:
- A comprehensive human trafficking prevention program implemented across Wynn Las Vegas and Encore Boston Harbor that augments a broader human rights policy. In 2021, the company introduced mandatory training to help employees identify and respond to situations that may be indicative of human trafficking. Wynn Las Vegas is also the first resort to pilot the Resources and Integration for Survivor Empowerment (R.I.S.E.) program in partnership with Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and Signs of Hope. This program provides timely and trauma-informed response to potential victims of human trafficking and ensures a victim advocate is present on-site within 45 minutes.
- A three-phase diversity and inclusion program to increase representation, recruitment and retention of diversity within the workforce; the strategic plan, led by the company’s VP of diversity and inclusion, spans hiring, mentorship, internal promotion, management training and external partnerships.
- A continued commitment to host communities. Wynn Resorts was recognized as one of the most community-minded companies in America on the Civic 50 list by Points of Light. Over the past year, employees of Wynn Resorts set a new company record for donations to the Wynn Employee Foundation. Collectively, employees in North America donated more than $620,000 to the foundation and volunteered more than 14,000 hours of volunteerism. In 2021, the company’s dollar-for-dollar match for individual employee donations through the foundation was increased to $75,000 per employee.