OUR STRATEGY >
We increase our understanding of sustainability through engagement with our Team Members, and partnerships with stakeholders and local communities.
We continue to increase the transparency in our reporting to keep our stakeholders apprised of our progress and utilize third-party reporting schemes to stay current with industry trends.
Team Member education
Team Members have played a very important role in the growth of our Sands ECO360 program. We continue to look for fun ways to engage them and make them feel informed and excited about sustainability. Every year, we host three global events:
- I Will If You Will: First launched by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), I Will If You Will is our annual challenge-based platform to raise awareness about energy conservation.
- World Hunger Day: In this event, which started as part of The Hunger Project, we encourage our Team Members to minimize food waste and donate food to local charities.
- Las Vegas Sands Recycles: The event is a collection of recycling, repurposing, and donation activities during the year-end holiday season.
Our partnership with Clean the World
One of our key partners is Clean the World, a non-profit organization that collects, repurposes, and distributes hotel soap and bottled amenities as part of its sanitation program in more than 100 countries. We started our journey together in 2011 when we piloted the program with McDonald’s during their annual event. After this successful implementation, the initiative was then fully rolled out at The Venetian and The Palazzo, Las Vegas, followed by Sands Bethlehem a year later.
From 2012, we offered Clean the World Hygiene Kit Build to our Green Meeting clients as a community engagement option and sponsored a volunteer event at the Clean the World Las Vegas Recycling Center for IMEX America. In the following year, IMEX America brought the program to the tradeshow floor to make it more accessible for their attendees.
Las Vegas Sands has large operations in Asia, where soap recycling was not always available. In 2013, we helped Clean the World establish its first international presence in Hong Kong and Macao; within three years, we had recycled 172,396 lb. of soap destined for landfill in Macao.
In 2015, the program grew into a broader initiative in collaboration with Sands Cares, our global corporate citizenship program. Sands Cares organized a hygiene kit building rally with more than 4,000 volunteers in Las Vegas, Pennsylvania, Singapore, and Macao who worked around the clock and across the globe to build 200,000 kits. In the same year, we also expanded the soap recycling program to Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. Now, hotel soap and amenities from all our properties get to serve their second mission, saving millions of lives around the world.