Actively Supporting the LGBT Community
MetLife strives for excellence in our efforts to recruit, develop and deploy the highest caliber workforce. Our commitment to diverse groups enables us to attract the best talent and capitalize on strengths of individual differences. Most notably, MetLife is committed to creating and maintaining a workplace free of discrimination or harassment based upon many protected categories, including sexual orientation and gender identification.
MetLife offers its U.S. employees and their domestic same- and opposite-sex partners a variety of health and other benefits, including adoption assistance and supplemental life insurance. To better serve the needs of the LGBT marketplace, MetLife has an LGBT Advisory Council and Resource Committee, made up of financial services representatives, senior leadership and members of MetLife’s advanced market and financial planning teams. The Advisory Council provides support and guidance for MetLife’s ongoing LGBT marketing strategy, while the Resource Committee recommends best practices and strategies to increase recruiting in the LGBT market.
Gay, Lesbians and Allies at MetLife
MetLife sponsors this employee affinity group to raise awareness of LGBT issues at MetLife, provide a forum for discussing issues and to organize and attend events that advance LGBT causes.
Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
Year after year, MetLife has been awarded a perfect score (100%) on the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Corporate Equality Index. This index rates 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.
Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders (SAGE)
(SAGE) presented its Certificate in Excellence in Leadership to the MetLife Mature Market Institute (MMI) for its groundbreaking November 2006 research, “Out and Aging: The MetLife Study of Lesbian and Gay Baby Boomers.” The study was produced in conjunction with the American Society on Aging’s Lesbian and Gay Aging Issues Network.
The first study of its kind, “Out and Aging” raised important questions for the wide range of professionals who work with older adults, employers, policymakers and everyone interested in ensuring dignity, independence and the highest possible quality of life for the boomer generation as it reaches mid-life and older age.
The Mature Market Institute has since continued its partnership with SAGE. In March 2010 they followed up the “Out and Aging” study with a new study, “Still Out, Still Aging” and a second project, “Planning Tips for LGBT Individuals and Couples.” SAGE recently honored MetLife with its first Corporate Leadership Award.
National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)
MetLife is a corporate sponsor of the NGLCC, a business advocate and direct link between LGBT business owners, corporations, and government, representing the interests of more than 1.4 million LGBT businesses and entrepreneurs. As a corporate sponsor, MetLife encourages employees and affiliates to take advantage of the benefits and opportunities available through local LGBT companies.
Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
MetLife sponsors PFLAG, a non-profit organization that promotes the health and well-being of LGBT persons, their families and friends – and provides an opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity. In 2011, PFLAG recognized MetLife with its “Straight for Equality Business of the Year Award.”
Interested in learning more? Just fill out the contact form on the right to have a MetLife representative who is experienced in assisting those in the LGBT community contact you.