Using Our Voice for Advocacy
As a business with a keen passion to help create an equitable and just society, we speak up on issues we feel strongly about. We offer our expertise and knowledge to state jurisdictions in the U.S. when they wish to consult, and we are involved in industry associations that amplify our voice as part of a collective effort to support positive public policy decisions. Our President and CEO, Gary Loveman, participates in the Business Roundtable (BRT), an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies, which works to help expand economic opportunity for all Americans.
Human rights: Caesars supports equality and equal rights for all LGBT persons. We have publicly supported legislation in favor of the LGBT community and protection of their rights, in particular, same-sex marriage. Last year, we signed the U.S. Supreme Court Amicus Brief arguing that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) must be overturned. Recently, we were part of a coalition of 57 companies that filed Briefs of Employers in support of marriage equality in three Sixth Circuit cases.
Caesars also considers the Employment Non-Discrimination ACT (ENDA) a leap forward for human rights in general and LGBT rights specifically. Proposed ENDA legislation prohibits discrimination in hiring and employment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity by employers with at least 15 employees. Caesars is a member of the Business Coalition for Workplace Fairness, which is a group of leading U.S. employers that support ENDA, and we have been determined in our efforts to raise awareness and support for this progressive bill.
Immigration reform: We support comprehensive immigration reform that both advances border security as well as streamlines the immigration process for those who are willing to work hard and complete the legal process. Addressing the issues relating to immigration will provide a more effective framework to give local businesses in the U.S. access to a pool of employees previously unavailable by legal means. We have spoken out in favor of immigration reform, and in early 2013, Gary Loveman responded to President Obama’s remarks on immigration reform which he delivered to business leaders during a visit to Las Vegas. Obama stated, “Nevada suffers from a very poor economic situation. Regularizing immigration will be a stimulus to growth and will begin to help the area’s economy.”
Healthcare: Caesars is in favor of healthcare reform advanced by the Affordable Care Act and the lowering of healthcare costs for U.S. citizens. In July 2012, Gary Loveman, President and CEO, published an Op-Ed as Chair of the Business Roundtable's Health and Retirement Committee in favor of healthcare reform and the lowering of healthcare costs for U.S. citizens, on the eve of the Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act.
Climate change: Caesars takes opportunities to reaffirm our public commitment to responsible environmental practices by corporations and we use our resources and efforts to drive change. We support and take part in initiatives led by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO).
In 2013, Caesars was honored to be the only entertainment-gaming company to win the prestigious Climate Leadership Award for excellence in greenhouse gas management. The annual Climate Leadership Awards are sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Center for Corporate Climate Leadership, along with three NGO partners: ACCO, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), and The Climate Registry (TCR). The national awards program recognizes exemplary corporate, organizational and individual leadership in response to climate change.