About Caesars CodeGreen
Our Commitment to Environmental Stewardship
Environmental stewardship is an integral part of People Planet Play. It’s also one of the four pillars of Caesars Corporate Code of Commitment and represents our promise to preserve the planet for current and future generations. To carry out this promise, we initiated CodeGreen in 2008, and it has become part of the way we do things at Caesars Entertainment.
Caesars corporate CodeGreen is our organization-wide, strategy to drive environmental awareness and engagement, as well as performance, across the business. It is synonymous with environmental stewardship at Caesars. A data-driven and disciplined environmental program that leverages the passion of our employees, CodeGreen also engages our guests and suppliers.
Established with a baseline year of 2007 for environmental targets and 2011 for our science-based goals, CodeGreen now encompasses additional elements of our corporate responsibility strategy for a comprehensive approach and includes community involvement and engagement of our colleagues at many different levels.
Each location participates in CodeGreen with its own CodeGreen Leaders, a team of nine members representing different parts of the location’s operations. CodeGreen Leaders champion their location’s unique, detailed work plan and targets to achieve during the year while inspiring their colleagues to embed environmentally conscious behaviors into their daily lives. Our CodeGreen Leaders also ensure our tracking of CodeGreen performance is transparent to all our locations so they know what to do in order to achieve top CodeGreen performance. Caesars’ CodeGreen Leadership Bonus Program both incentivizes and reward CodeGreen teams that deliver inspiring performance.
CAESARS CITIZENSHIP BLOG SPOTLIGHT
Who says going green can’t be fun?!?! We asked our world-famous bartenders and chefs to create eco-inspired cocktails that were enjoyed around the country during April, which is Earth Month. And they rose to the occasion! The winners were selected based on the creativity and popularity of the cocktail. Check out these recipes, all of which are made with locally-sourced ingredients and served in a no-waste cup.
Read more on Caesars Citizenship Blog.
CodeGreen Environmental Performance
Engagement in Citizenship Programs
CodeGreen at home
CodeGreen at Home incentivizes team members to practice the same environmentally responsible actions at home as we encourage in our operations. Each quarter, hundreds of team members submit applications that demonstrate completion of approved actions such as switching to eco-conscious transportation, converting to native landscape, composting installing Energy Star certified appliances and more. Last year, our team members made huge environmental impacts by reducing their use of water, gas and energy in their personal environments. More than 1,000 team members have adopted this benefit.
ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
Environmental opportunities, risks and programs are managed strategically within several departments, including Corporate Responsibility and Facilities & Engineering, which includes Sustainable Operations, Enterprise Risk Management and Government Relations. Executive Vice President of Public Policy & Corporate Responsibility, Jan Jones Blackhurst, oversees government relations, corporate communications, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and environmental sustainability for the company. Along with internal environmental leadership commitments, Caesars also draws upon external expertise, including its Sustainability External Advisory Board and nonprofit partners like the World Resources Institute.
The Facilities & Engineering group conducts on-site property audits quarterly to identify environmental risks and opportunities at the specific asset/property level. Caesars’ Sustainable Operations group works with the Risk Management and the Facilities & Engineering groups to further identify climate related risks and opportunities. The Risk Assessment methodologies, as well as the on-site audits, embody the Caesars Code of Commitment and identify risks and opportunities that potentially impact our fundamental commitment to our guests, our employees, environmental stewardship and our local communities.
A robust set of environmental metrics including energy and water consumption, waste diversion and greenhouse gas emissions from our locations across North America, are tracked in a company scorecard and results are reported to the senior management team. These metrics are utilized to guide continuous improvement programs and impact reduction at the properties. Additionally, these environmental metrics are used by the executive capital committee for review and approval of capital expenditures related to energy efficiency projects and sustainability initiatives.
As part of our CodeGreen strategy, we undertook an effort to follow green building practices outlined in the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED requirements. Our first LEED certified building was the Octavius Convention Center at Caesars Palace in 2009.
Since then, our Baltimore property was certified to the LEED Gold Standard, and Octavius Tower and The LINQ Promenade in Las Vegas were each certified to the LEED Silver Standard. Additionally, our new construction is on track for LEED Silver certification. Beyond our commitment relating to new construction, we have applied LEED Standards across a further 13 existing properties, which, although not formally certified, meet Gold or Silver LEED standards in almost all respects. We continue to look for opportunities to apply the highest standards of green and sustainable construction across our existing and new properties.
Reporting, Verification & TRANSPARENCY
Our 8th annual CSR Report is written under the theme of People Planet Play and is in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards, core option, published in 2016. The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines represent the most widely-used corporate citizenship and sustainability reporting framework in the world today. GRI principles have informed our reporting approach: materiality (the issues relevant to our most significant impacts and which are of most importance to stakeholders), stakeholder inclusiveness (responding to stakeholder expectations and interests), sustainability context (presenting our performance in the wider context of sustainability issues) and completeness (inclusion of all the information which reflects significant economic impacts to enable stakeholders to assess our performance).
POINT380 verification has been conducted in accordance with ISO 14064–3 Specification with guidance for validation and verification of greenhouse gas assertions and (2) GRI’s G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines. The verification has been conducted to achieve a limited level of assurance. Given the status of Caesars’ GHG emissions and water consumption data and management system, a limited level of assurance verification was appropriate for this project.
Our material impacts were defined in 2013 following extensive dialogue with primary stakeholders, and were revised in 2015 in consultation with our External Advisory Board. In 2016, we reviewed these issues internally and agreed that they remain relevant in this reporting period.
The CDP, formerly Carbon Disclosure Project, is the world’s leading initiative to tackle climate change by helping organizations drive down GHG emissions, and water consumption and mitigate environmental risk in their supply chains. By disclosing our performance to the CDP, we join the ranks of the world’s leading companies who are serious about environmental stewardship.