With our nearly 150-year legacy of securing the financial well-being of future generations, we also take a long-term view toward protecting the environment. Across our global operations, we work hard on a variety of environmental issues to realize this vision. In 2014, MetLife was named the most environmentally sound insurance company in the United States, and fourth globally, in the 2014 Newsweek Green Rankings. MetLife ranked in the top 50 (no. 48) among 484 companies.
MetLife is committed to sound environmental stewardship. We know that customers are increasingly interested in doing business with an environmentally conscious company and, with approximately 65,000 employees, we know that our "green" initiatives can have a significant impact on the global environment. Across our international operations, we are dedicated to ensuring a safer, healthier planet for future generations and making MetLife a great place to work.
Some of the environmental associations we engage with include:
United States Green Building Council (USGBC)
United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
As a responsible corporate citizen, MetLife is embedding sustainability efforts through our operations, maintenance and procurement processes.
Energy & Emissions
MetLife is committed to a sustainable future and practicing sound environmental stewardship in our operations. Since 2005, MetLife has reduced energy consumption by 25 percent as a result of numer¬ous capital improvement projects and facility upgrades, including lighting retrofits, chiller and boiler replacements, LED lighting systems, demand metering and occupancy-sensor installations.
We also reduced indirect greenhouse gas emissions for our U.S. owned and managed office portfolio by 100 percent since 2005. We achieved zero indirect emissions through Renewable Energy Certificate purchases – the equivalent of removing over 80,000 passenger vehicles from the road for a year (based on the EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalences Calculator).
All of MetLife's U.S.-owned and –managed offices are U.S. EPA Energy Star certified and two-thirds of these buildings are certified by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System. Not only are we working at making our owned and managed workspaces as sustainable as possible, MetLife Real Estate Investments has also made significant investments in sustainability and green building practices, including numerous new development projects and equity stakes in 46 LEED-certified properties.
MetLife is continuously striving to divert waste from landfills through a combination of waste reduction, recycling and reuse initiatives. In 2012, we recycled more than 1,400 tons of waste, representing more than 55 percent of the total waste produced from our U.S.-owned and -managed facilities.
MetLife seeks to do business with organizations that uphold sound environmental practices. We embrace sustainability through supplier sourcing and management and green purchasing programs. Some of MetLife’s major green purchasing efforts include green building materials, environmentally friendly janitorial supplies, sustainably sourced paper and Energy Star-certified IT equipment.
In 2014, MetLife was named an official member of the U.S. EPA’s SmartWay Transportation Partnership. We are the first financial services company to achieve this honor, out of the program’s more than 2,700 active participants. MetLife uses SmartWay-certified transportation providers, who are evaluated on factors such as miles driven, average payload, time spent idling, age of equipment and amount of fuel used.