We know that our employees and customers care deeply about protecting the planet. In fact, our employees are some of MetLife’s greatest assets in reducing our environmental footprint. In our offices around the world, employees continually demonstrate their passion for preserving the planet.
2016 MetLife EcoChallenge
Our signature event—the 2016 MetLife EcoChallenge—showed us how big our impact can be when we all pitch in. More than 1,200 employees from 22 countries participated in this two-week competition designed to change unsustainable daily behaviors. Teams earned points for completing eco-friendly actions—such as biking to work, eating meatless meal, and saving water by turning off the tap—and shared progress via blog posts and pictures on the online EcoChallenge platform.
We were excited to see the powerful impact our employees made, as well as the enthusiastic participation around the world. Together, teams saved over 8,000 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions in two weeks, and 99% of employees who responded to a survey pledged that they would make these new habits part of their everyday lives.
Additionally, more than 8,000 employees from around the world participated in Our Green Impact—MetLife’s environmental engagement program—by serving on office green teams, volunteering or engaging in other environmental engagement programs organized by MetLife.
Among the many ways our employees have taken action to demonstrate their commitment to environmental protection are by:
Contributing to our Earth Week Program, in which more than 5,000 employees from our global offices participated in 2014;
Coining our Green Team Pilot Program, which we plan to expand in 2014 and 2015; and
Transitioning to electric car ownership.
Pioneering Electric Car Ownership
MetLife has taken a leadership role in supporting the emerging green transportation infrastructure by investing in electric car-charging stations. This innovative and forward-looking commitment promotes lower-emissions commuting and travel and engages employees in positive action to reduce our collective environmental footprint.
To date, MetLife has installed 32 electric car-charging stations at 14 of its U.S. facilities, which employees can access at no cost. Employee response has been extremely positive, and many of our employees have taken the leap to electric-car ownership.
MetLife currently has the most extensive workplace charging program of any non-electric-vehicle-industry company, as measured against other participants in the U.S. Department of Energy's Workplace Charging Challenge program. The program aims to achieve a tenfold increase in the number of U.S. employers offering workplace charging in the next five years.
We plan to increase our participation in the program even further by installing charging stations at new facilities in Charlotte and Cary, North Carolina.