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Responsible Investing

Pursuing Responsible Investments

As investor interest in ESG issues accelerates worldwide, evidence is mounting that incorporating these factors into investment decision-making can positively support portfolio performance and returns. MetLife has a long history of responsible and impact investing (see graphic), with a focus on four core areas:

Green investments

We have a long track record of support for green buildings and renewable energy projects, including wind and solar. In 2018, we held equity stakes in 60 LEED-certified real estate properties and made further investments in renewable offshore wind projects in the U.K. Investments held as of December 31, 2018: $16.6 billion

Impact and Affordable Housing Investments

We invest in impact and affordable, high-quality housing projects that build financial health and bring tangible benefits to communities. In 2018, we increased the supply of loans to micro-, small- and medium-sized businesses in unbanked and underserved markets globally. Investments held as of December 31, 2018: $2.6 billion

Infrastructure Investments

We create local jobs and economic benefits via infrastructure projects that build or upgrade airports, ports, roads, pipelines, transmission lines and power generation — including wind and solar projects. In 2018, we also invested in U.S. not-for-profit hospitals and healthcare facilities in under-served communities. Investments held as of December 31, 2018: $17.1 billion

Municipal Bond Investments

We support infrastructure, education and community services, spanning around 400 municipalities in 47 states and Washington D.C. In 2018, we invested in Pennsylvania’s Planning and Construction Workbook program, which facilitates loans to school districts for eligible school construction projects. Investments held as of December 31, 2018: $16.3 billion