MetLife is committed to improving the environment today to ensure a healthy planet for generations to come. In support of this commitment, we strive to minimize the company’s carbon footprint. We are driving operational excellence and significantly reducing our environmental impact — through carbon-reduction programs, energy-efficiency initiatives, water and waste reduction strategies, recycling and reuse efforts and more.
In 2016, MetLife took these reductions a step further, becoming the first U.S.-based insurer to achieve carbon neutrality. MetLife attained this status again in 2017, while driving continuous improvements in our energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. Beyond shrinking our footprint, we are working to create a positive impact for every one of our customers, employees and community members around the world. We collaborate with our business partners on climate action, engage our employees in community service and environmental awareness, support impact investments such as renewable energy infrastructure, rebuild communities after natural disaster strikes, and aid individuals across the globe through the work of MetLife Foundation.
In support of our mission to create positive impact, MetLife’s Global Sustainability Team, which is hosted within Global Technology & Operations, is dedicated to environmental management and performance. The Global Sustainability Team leads initiatives such as corporate real estate carbon and energy reduction efforts, the global greenhouse gas emissions inventory, the supply chain sustainability program, climate change risk management, employee engagement on environmental initiatives and reporting on progress to our stakeholders.
All employees can participate in Our Green Impact, the company’s environmentally-focused engagement program. They are encouraged to post questions, concerns and suggestions in the online Our Green Impact Community.
In 2017, MetLife:
Achieved carbon neutrality for second year in a row.
Implemented 60 energy efficiency projects in 17 countries, designed three new offices to high standards in energy management, and hosted an educational energy action campaign for employees in 20 countries.
Mobilized 10,000 employees to promote responsible environmental stewardship through Our Green Impact, MetLife’s employee environmental engagement program.