MetLife 2018 Global Impact Report: Protecting the Environment

Jun 13, 2019 2:00 PM ET
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Building for tomorrow includes protecting the environment and ensuring a healthy future for our employees, customers, communities and other stakeholders. MetLife has a longstanding commitment to environmental stewardship and we are proud to be the first U.S. insurer to achieve carbon neutrality. 

From energy efficiency and green buildings to volunteer projects and responsible investments that benefit the environment, we work to reduce our footprint and build resiliency in a changing world. Continuous improvement is a mantra at MetLife. This outlook guides our efforts to decrease our energy use and greenhouse gas emissions through carbon reduction and operational efficiency programs, water reduction strategies, recycling and reuse efforts, and more. To drive success, we set strong operational goals and collaborate with our employees and supply chain business partners.

Building on Carbon Neutrality with Energy and Climate Solutions

Our sustainability journey has taught us that bold environmental goals drive innovation, ambition and effective solutions. In 2018, we maintained our carbon neutral status by continuing to improve operational efficiency and finance carbon offset projects around the world. 

We are on target to exceed our 2020 energy and climate goals by implementing energy efficiency projects and investing in green building design, sustainable behavior campaigns and real estate consolidation. MetLife’s Global Sustainability Team, within Global Technology & Operations, oversees environmental management, energy efficiency and performance, including engaging employees and suppliers. Risk Management monitors potential disruptions to our operations and supply chain from climate change, such as natural disasters and health crises, while our business continuity, facilities and crisis management teams prepare for such eventualities. 

Our Green Impact 2018: By the Numbers

  • 9,000+ employees from 30 offices in 11 countries joined Earth Day activities
  • 5,000+ hours spent volunteering at Green Team events
  • 2,000+ employees from 28 countries, in more than 200 teams, took up our annual EcoChallenge

Influencing Suppliers to Embrace Sustainability and Transparency

MetLife is on target to exceed our 2020 goal of requiring 100 of our top suppliers to reduce and report their environmental impact. In 2018, 96 critical and high-impact suppliers disclosed climate risks, GHG emissions and other environmental data to us through the CDP’s Supply Chain Program. Performance on the CDP Climate Change Questionnaire, along with other sustainability criteria, is incorporated into each supplier’s annual management scorecard.

Read more about how MetLife is supporting the environment in the complete MetLife 2018 Global Impact report here.