Each year, approximately 10,000 employees participate in our employee engagement program to promote environmental stewardship, called “Our Green Impact.” The program offers employees on-site and virtual environmental education, as well as volunteer events. In addition to location-based “green teams” that drive initiatives at the office level, every MetLife line of business, function and region has a climate goals champion responsible for helping the enterprise achieve its goals by 2030. This includes setting objectives for their function,driving action, collecting metrics and sharing progress with their senior leaders and associates regularly.
EcoChallenge Changes Habits
Our annual two-week EcoChallenge encourages teams of employees to adopt green habits such as biking to work and eating locally-sourced food – and then quantifies how their sustainable choices add up. Each year, thousands of employees participate.
Global Tree-Planting Initiatives
MetLife’s goal to plant 5 million trees by 2030 is an effort to reduce carbon emissions in the atmosphere and help reforest areas that have been decimated by natural disasters, including hurricanes, floods and wildfires. Since 2020, MetLife has planted more than 200,000 trees. Additional examples of our tree-planting efforts around the world include:
MetLife has planted 500 trees at the Father of the Nation Memorial to support the Insurance Development and Regulatory Authority’s planting initiative.
In Lebanon, we adopted 1 hectare of land that was planted with 800 trees (400 Cedars and 400 of different species) through the collaboration with one of Lebanon’s largest nature reserves, Shouf Biosphere Reserve. The Reserve’s focus is to preserve Lebanon’s Cedar trees and many rare tree species WHICH are unique to Lebanon. Our purpose in collaborating with a natural reserve reflects our sustainability efforts and values. The planted trees will be constantly monitored by the reserve’s team to guarantee a high survival rate.
MetLife entered into a strategic alliance with Plantatón Uruguay, carried out by the Uruguayan Network of Environmental NGOs, the Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries and the United Nations Development Program. Plantatón Uruguay aims to contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, specifically Goal #15—Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss. As part of this initiative, MetLife Uruguay has planted one tree per company employee in the public park of Punta del Diablo, Rocha.
MetLife has worked with the Arbor Day Foundation (ADF) to plant 100,000 Longleaf Pines at the U.S. Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida. The overarching reforestation effort seeks to plant 6,000,000 trees in total by 2023 to repair damage caused by Hurricane Michael in 2018. The Arbor Day Foundation is moving quickly to restore this critical ecosystem for plants and animals across the 12,000 acres surrounding the Air Force Base.
In California, MetLife worked with ADF to restore nearly 20,000 Coulter Pine, Big Cone Douglas Fir and Ponderosa Pine in the Angeles National Forest, which was severely impacted by wildfires in 2019 and 2020.