Social Enterprise: Two Big Global Brands Join Forces to Promote the Importance of Water

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Social Enterprise: Two Big Global Brands Join Forces to Promote the Importance of Water

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Monday, March 19, 2012 - 4:30pm

MGM Resorts International (MGM) and Cirque du Soleil®, two big global brands, are showing their commitment to social enterprise as they join forces to support ONE DROP, an international charity that promotes the importance of water, one of the planet's most essential resources. From 20 to 25 March, 2012 and in recognition of the United Nations "World Water Day" on 22 March, MGM Resorts and Cirque du Soleil will be donating the proceeds from ticket sales of Cirque du Soleil Las Vegas shows to help further ONE DROP's mission.

"World Water Day" raises awareness about the need for freshwater and the sustainable management of earth's freshwater resources. Jim Murren, MGM Chairman and CEO says, "At MGM Resorts, environmental sustainability is a key pillar of our vision for social responsibility. We recognize that a comprehensive strategic approach to water stewardship is fundamental to the continuing survival of life on our planet. We also believe that access to safe water can serve as the lifeblood for social and economic development." The company has been honoured with numerous awards and recognitions for its industry-leading Diversity Initiative, its community philanthropy programs and its commitment to sustainable development and operations.

Guy Laliberte, Founder of Cirque du Soleil and Chair says, "This incredible commitment from MGM Resorts International, Cirque du Soleil's business partner of nearly 20 years in Las Vegas, truly expresses one of the goals I had when I founded ONE DROP in 2007: creating a powerful ripple effect of solidarity made up of companies, individuals and people around the world." Water should be everybody's birthright, yet unfortunately almost a billion people do not have access to safe drinking water and 2.5 billion live in places without sanitation, which is why 'World Water Day' is a crucial public awareness day, as it will hopefully remind us all of the little things we can do to make a difference.

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Sangeeta Haindl is a staff writer for Justmeans on Social Enterprise. When not writing for Justmeans, Sangeeta wears her other hat as a PR professional. Over the years, she has worked with high-profile organizations within the public, not-for-profit and corporate sectors; and won awards from her industry. She now runs her own UK consultancy: Serendipity PR & Media.