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Melco signs up to Global Commitment to tackle plastics pollution

March 16, 2019 Responsible Tourism No Comments Email Email

Melco Resorts & Entertainment Limited announced that it is the first and only hospitality group and integrated resort operator globally to become a signatory toThe New Plastics Economy Global Commitment (‘Global Commitment’), led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in collaboration with UN Environment. announcement coincides with the first official progress report* published by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation around this global initiative to eliminate plastics waste and pollution.  Driven by Melco’s strong focus around environmental sustainability which is core to its strategy and daily operations, Melco is committed to reducing the use of problematic plastics and promoting circular economy across its global operations, including at integrated resorts City of Dreams Macau, Studio City, Altira Macau and City of Dreams Manila, as well as its corporate offices and properties in Hong Kong, Macau, the Philippines and Japan. 

The New Plastics Economy Global Commitment was first launched in October 2018, spearheaded by Ellen MacArthur Foundation in collaboration with UN Environment and supported by World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), World Economic Forum and Consumer Goods Forum, among others. The Global Commitment addresses the worldwide issue of plastics pollution. With plastics weighing 8 million tonnes entering the ocean each year, if current trends continue, there could be more plastics than fish (by weight) in the sea by 2050.  The initiative enables a coalition between governments and companies committed towards 100% reusable, recyclable, or compostable plastic packaging by 2025. Businesses that become signatories will publish annual data on their progress, and targets will be reviewed every 18 months and amplified over time.

As a signatory, Melco is committed to eliminating unnecessary plastic packaging and reducing single-use plastics. By the end of 2019, Melco will remove 100% of single-use plastic bottles at allemployee areas. By the end of 2020, Melco plans to expand the scope to guest areas including foramenity kits, garbage bags, plastic bottles, straws, disposable F&B containers and utensils with a concrete roadmap. Furthermore, by mid-2019, Melco will complete the process of identifying nonreusable, recyclable, or compostable packaging, and further develop an execution plan to address each of these by 2025.

In support of this initiative, Mr. Lawrence Ho, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Melco Resorts & Entertainment said, “We recognize plastic pollution is a global challenge and will endeavor to eliminate problematic plastic by placing this at the forefront of our sustainability efforts. As a leading integrated resort operator and responsible corporate citizen, it is our duty to take concrete action by helping resolve some of the key environmental threats facing communities around us, in Macau and beyond. We believe we need to leave our environment in a better state for the next generation and Melco is thoroughly committed to doing its part.”

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