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METLIFE RECEIVES PERFECT SCORE ON CORPORATE EQUALITY INDEX FOR EIGHTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR

Continues Commitment to LGBT Community through New National Partnership with HRC


New York, NY - October 4, 2010 – For the eighth year in a row, MetLife has received a perfect score of 100 percent in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s (HRC) 2011 Corporate Equality Index, a rating system for how major U.S. corporations treat their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees and consumers.

The HRC Corporate Equality Index rated companies on a scale from 0 to 100 percent on several factors, including a written non-discrimination policy as well as employee benefits, training programs, support networks, advertising and marketing, and contributions to the LGBT community.

“We are once again honored that the Human Rights Campaign has recognized MetLife’s efforts to create an open, inclusive environment for our employees and customers,” said Lynne DiStasio, MetLife’s Chief Diversity Officer. "Earning this recognition for eight consecutive years demonstrates MetLife’s ongoing commitment to build a diverse workforce with viewpoints and experiences that represent the communities we serve.”

“HRC salutes MetLife for the workplace policies that have once again earned them a perfect score on the Corporate Equality Index,” states HRC President Joe Solmonese. “We appreciate their ongoing commitment to create an inclusive and equitable workplace for their LGBT employees.”

To further MetLife’s commitment to the LGBT community, MetLife has become a Bronze National Partner of HRC. The partnership is open to an exclusive group of companies that have a proven track record of support for their gay and lesbian employees and the LGBT community, and provides high-profile recognition throughout the country.

“MetLife is excited to extend our relationship with the Human Rights Campaign,” said Laurel Daring, assistant vice president, MetLife Diverse Markets. “As a national partner we are able to broaden our support of the LGBT community and highlight MetLife’s experience in helping all individuals and couples proactively plan for their unique financial needs.”

In the workplace, MetLife offers its U.S. employees and their domestic same- and opposite-sex partners a variety of health and other benefits. MetLife also has a recognized GLBT affinity group, Gay, Lesbians and Allies at MetLife (GLAM), as well as a strong diversity community comprised of more than 30 employee-led groups.

To better serve the needs of the LGBT marketplace, MetLife has an LGBT Advisory Council, made up of financial service representatives who serve the LGBT market. Both the LGBT Advisory Council and GLAM provide support and guidance for MetLife’s LGBT marketing strategy and recommend best practices and strategies to increase recruiting in the LGBT market.

MetLife, Inc. is a leading provider of insurance, employee benefits and financial services with operations throughout the United States and the Latin America, Europe and Asia Pacific regions. Through its subsidiaries and affiliates, MetLife, Inc. reaches more than 70 million customers around the world and MetLife is the largest life insurer in the United States (based on life insurance in-force). The MetLife companies offer life insurance, annuities, auto and home insurance, retail banking and other financial services to individuals, as well as group insurance and retirement & savings products and services to corporations and other institutions. For more information, visit www.metlife.com.

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