MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET) is expanding its commitment to wellness at work by signing up with Global Corporate Challenge (GCC) which works with businesses worldwide to improve the health and performance of employees.

More than 1,200 employees across MetLife’s EMEA region have started GCC 2016. They are competing in teams of seven against 340,000 people from companies around the world on the 100-day challenge.

Each participating GCC team member receives a wearable activity tracker, the GCC Pulse, which logs movement through the day. MetLife participants have a personal 10,000 steps a day target and the more active the team, the further their collective progress on a virtual journey around the world.

Joining GCC is part of MetLife’s Wellness for Life global initiative which promotes and encourages health and wellbeing amongst its employees worldwide.

Michel Khalaf, EMEA president, said, “Our employees told us that wellness at work was important to them. GCC is a fantastic opportunity for them to really embrace wellness and participate in this innovative and fun challenge. Our aim across EMEA is to strengthen employee engagement to promote the healthiest focus we can on all aspects of wellness including physical activity, nutrition, a positive mindset and better sleep.”

Wellness is a strategic growth area for MetLife and its Employee Benefits business in particular which focuses on a holistic view of wellness as part of its commitment to clients and staff.

MetLife has embarked on a programme of research, innovation and thought-leadership to help organisations look at practical ways to improve health and resilience, improve stress management and in turn model and measure engagement and productivity. MetLife’s own data* shows more than half of employers (56%) think that improving staff health, fitness and general wellness would improve productivity within their organisation, but only 28% said they had such a programme in place. Around 57% of employees agreed that improving staff health, fitness and general wellness would improve productivity.

About MetLife 
MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET), through its subsidiaries and affiliates (“MetLife”), is one of the largest life insurance companies in the world. Founded in 1868, MetLife is a global provider of life insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management. Serving approximately 100 million customers, MetLife has operations in nearly 50 countries and holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. For more information, visit

About GCC 
Over the past 12 years, GCC has worked with businesses all over the world to improve the health and performance of their employees, driving healthier bottom lines. Proudly part of the Virgin Pulse family, GCC’s global program has directly transformed the cultures of thousands of the world’s leading organisations across 185 countries.

* Research conducted online in the UK by independent research agency Consumer Intelligence among 1,002 employees between in August 2015


Head of Communications, MetLife EMEA
Jonathan Bunn