LAS VEGAS, Oct. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A leading publication that monitors corporate responsibility has included the Chairman & CEO of MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) among the 30 finalists for its 5th Annual Responsible Chief Executive Officer of the Year recognition. Jim Murren, Chairman & CEO of MGM Resorts International, was noted in the annual compilation by CR Magazine, the voice of the corporate responsibility profession. "Corporate responsibility begins at the top and Jim Murren's leadership has materially advanced MGM Resorts' sustainability results," said Richard Crespin, Executive Director of the Corporate Responsibility Officer Association and Chairman of the COMMIT!Forum. "Jim, together with all of this year's finalists, represents an elite group of individuals and organizations that display a commitment to stakeholders and society through positive leadership." CR Magazine evaluates CEOs across industries that visibly exceed standards in the areas of employee relations, environmental impact, human rights, philanthropy and corporate responsibility practices. Murren was the only CEO noted in the hospitality and entertainment sector. Instrumental from the inception of MGM Resorts' leading Diversity & Inclusion program in 2000, Murren has led the expansion of the company's leadership in corporate and social responsibility to include Environmental Sustainability, as well as Community Engagement & Philanthropy. His leadership has helped the Company reach a variety of major social responsibility accomplishments, including: Diversity & Inclusion: MGM Resorts has graduated more than 11,000 Diversity Champions through its Diversity Champion training workshop and has increased the overall representation of women (42 percent) and minorities (38 percent) in the diversity profile of its management team. Additionally, through its Supplier and Construction Diversity programs, MGM Resorts has spent a cumulative total of nearly $3 billion with minority-owned, women-owned and disadvantaged business enterprises. Philanthropy & Community Engagement: MGM Resorts last year contributed to a combined total of more than 500 nonprofit agencies in Nevada, Michigan and Mississippi through its corporate giving program. Additionally, Company employees have donated nearly $50 million to nonprofit organizations through The MGM Resorts Foundation since its founding in 2002. Environmental Responsibility: At more than 18M sq. ft., CityCenter is the largest LEED® Gold certified development in the world, earning six LEED® Gold certifications from the U.S. Green Building Council. Additionally, MGM Resort has reduced electricity consumption by 120 million kWh per year, enough to power 10,450 homes each year, and water usage by 500 million gallons per year, enough to fill more than 750 Olympic-size swimming pools. In 2011, Newsweek magazine ranked MGM Resorts as the most "green" resort and casino company.