Las Vegas headquartered MGM Resorts International has been recognised for its support of women owned businesses for the sixth year in a row, by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.

The global entertainment company, which is the only organisation in Nevada to make the list issued by the the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned, controlled and operated by women in the United States, who in-turn praised MGM as “one of America’s top corporations for women’s business enterprises”.

MGM is one of 60 corporations that meet WBENC’s rigorous standards, with the annual list known as the only national award honouring corporations for supplier diversity initiatives, that in-turn reduce barriers and drive growth for women-owned businesses.

Those top firms recognised this year collectively spent more than $39.5bn with WBENC-certified women business enterprises in 2018, an increase of $200 million from the prior year, with MGM having spent $157.8m with certified diverse-owned business enterprises during 2017.

“MGM Resorts is honoured to receive this special recognition for the sixth consecutive year,” commented Stacey Taylor, senior vice president and chief procurement officer for MGM Resorts International. “Women-owned businesses support our business by providing our supply chain with quality innovative offerings available to guests visiting our resorts.”

The Supplier Diversity program is part of MGM’s’ larger company diversity and inclusion initiative, that has been recognised by leading diversity publications including Diversity Inc and Black Enterprise.

Phyllis James, chief diversity and corporate responsibility officer for MGM Resorts International, said of the recognition: “As a company, we are deeply honoured to join women-owned suppliers, contractors and service providers who continue to make positive impacts in their communities.

“We are proud to engage with these businesses and play a role in facilitating their continued success, and in turn the communities of which they are a vital part.”

This follows further praise of MGM’s diversity efforts yesterday, as the organisation was named on Forbes second annual ranking of ‘America’s Best Employers for Diversity’.