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Our Employees’ Green Impact

MetLife's beehives managed by Bee Downtown in Cary, N.C

Thousands of MetLife employees take advantage of sustainability education and volunteering opportunities to reduce their environmental impact at work, at home, and in their communities.

Our signature program, Our Green Impact, provides both hands-on community volunteering and online learning opportunities, including discussion forums, speaker series, and newsletters. In 2020, more than 22 Green Teams in the United States, Asia, and Latin America led local office-based Our Green Impact activities, including energy conservation, recycling, and sustainable commuting.

Virtual Honey Visits

Since 2019, MetLife has partnered with Bee Downtown, a woman-owned startup focused on bee preservation, to host beehives on our campus in Cary, North Carolina. Traditionally, Bee Downtown would host interactive on-site activities, such as beehive tours, honey extraction events, and more. 

To adjust to employees working from home, Bee Downtown quickly developed a suite of virtual activities to continue MetLife employees’ education on honeybees. The HIVE allowed employees and their families a glimpse into the MetLife apiary. This included taking a virtual tour of the beehives, playing interactive games, participating in scavenger hunts, engaging in nature-focused leadership development, and more, even while working from home. In addition, Bee Downtown hosted a series of virtual honey tastings with employees.

In 2020, MetLife bees:

Filled
500+
jars of honey

Produced
90+
pounds of
honey

Flew over
5.5
million
miles

Take a behind
the scenes
look at the first
honey harvest!

 

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. In 2020, more than 1,100 employees participated.

EcoChallenge 2020

1,100+employees

28countries

Reduced 6,000 lbs. of CO2

Saved more than 84,000 gallons of water—
nearly double
that of 2019

Replaced almost 7,000 plastic bottles
with more friendly
alternatives

In comparison to 2019

  • Double the amount of time spent outdoors
  • Double the time spent learning about environmental issues
  • 30% increase in plastic bottles replaced with reusable alternatives
  • 30% increase in time spent exercising
  • 40% more time spent in being mindful