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New York, NY – September 15, 2011Working Mother magazine has named MetLife, Inc. a 2011 Best Company for Working Mothers for the thirteenth consecutive year. This list recognizes companies that do an exemplary job of advancing women and helping employees balance work and family.

“MetLife is delighted to be recognized as one of Working Mother’s “100 Best Companies” for our ongoing commitment to providing working moms the opportunity to successfully manage both their professional and personal lives,” said Frans Hijkoop, executive vice president and chief human resources officer at MetLife. “Our employees are the foundation of our company, and we are proud to offer them benefits and programs designed to foster a supportive and inclusive work environment.”

MetLife is ranked highly for its benefits and company culture, as well as for its work-life programs, which include flexible work arrangements, health and wellness offerings, back-up child care, associate discounts, an employee assistance program and support for mothers and pregnant women.

“With more than 169,000 women hired last year, this year’s 100 Best Companies make up an impressive group of winners who offer family-driven programs and benefits that far outpace their competitors,” said Carol Evans, President, Working Mother Media. “This year’s winning companies are proof that success lies in the numbers—97 percent of companies are offering prenatal education, wellness, and stress-reduction programs to employees at every level.”

MetLife was selected for the 2011Working Mother 100 Best based on an extensive application with more than 650 questions that surveys the usage, availability and tracking of programs, as well as the accountability of managers who oversee them. Seven areas were measured and scored for the 2011 initiative: workforce profile, benefits, women’s issues and advancement, child care, flexible work, parental leave and company culture. For this year’s 100 Best, particular weight was given to benefits, flexibility and parental leave.

The complete list is featured in the October issue of Working Mother.

About Working Mother Media

Working Mother magazine reaches 2.2 million readers and is the only national magazine for career-committed mothers; ( gives working mothers @home and @work advice, solutions, and ideas. This year marks the 26th anniversary of Working Mother’s signature research initiative, Working Mother 100 Best Companies, and the ninth year of the Best Companies for Multicultural Women. Working Mother Media, a division of Bonnier Corporation (, includes the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE,, Diversity Best Practices (, and the Working Mother Research Institute. Working Mother Media’s mission is to serve as a champion of culture change.

About MetLife

MetLife, Inc. is a leading global provider of insurance, annuities and employee benefit programs, serving 90 million customers in over 50 countries. Through its subsidiaries and affiliates, MetLife holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East. For more information, visit



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