MetLife Foundation focuses on improving the financial health of low-income people. And that can be done in many different ways, including by making a social impact in local communities. Thanks to MetLife volunteers, numerous nonprofit organizations have gained invaluable help and improved their futures – without spending a dollar.
Antonio Marcos Tavares Barbosa has been working as the Industrial Director of the Kitambar ceramic factory for over 30 years. In 2007, after decades of making bricks, blocks and tiles for the local Brazilian economy, Barbosa and his team of 42 employees decided to run their factory on an unusual concoction of plants for energy, including algaroba, cashew tree residues and coconut husk. These plants are all by-products of renewable local crops that would normally be thrown away with no productive use.
The Henan province sits in central China, a beautiful landscape known for the birth of Chinese civilization. Yet it’s also home to an unfortunate reality: Nearly three-fourths of households in Xichuan County, situated in the southwest corner of the province, use coal-fired stoves as their primary cooking appliance. These eat up wood and coal, contribute to deforestation, and emit smoke that is harmful to people’s health and the environment.
If you want to see the sort of miraculous comeback Mother Nature can make with the right assist, look no further than the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley. Here, along the Mississippi River, a partnership between forward-thinking investors and landowners is not only bringing a vast, robust ecosystem of trees, plants and wildlife back from the brink, but also creating revenue for locals and stimulating the local economy.
MetLife Foundation enhances our company’s efforts to build for tomorrow and put people at the heart of our actions. In the belief that financial health belongs to everyone, the Foundation combines financial health expertise and grants to bring solutions to underserved people and communities. Globally, the Foundation partners with grantees and MetLife volunteers to drive impact. From 2013 to 2017, these efforts have reached more than six million lower-income individuals in 42 countries, meeting people where they are every step of the way.
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.
To build our business and a more protected world, we must put our employees’ success and wellbeing at the heart of everything we do. We are equipping our workforce for the industry’s future, helping employees gain the skills to compete in the digital workplace and investing in their development and financial security.
For more than 150 years, we have worked to build a more protected world by providing services and products that help our customers meet their financial needs and live fuller, more secure lives. Through other direct and indirect economic activities, including investments, job creation, benefit payouts and tax payments, MetLife also positively impacts millions of individuals and helps grow local economies.