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. These popular programs embody our philosophy of empowering employees to take ownership of the company’s actions and impacts. The signature program, Our Green Impact, provides both hands-on community volunteering and online learning activities, including discussion forums, speaker series and newsletters. In 2018, around 10,000 employees made a difference through the program.
Green Teams Lead the Way
Nineteen Green Teams in the United States, Asia Pacific and Latin America (up from 16 in 2017) led office-based Our Green Impact activities during the year. Typical initiatives include energy conservation, recycling and alternative commuting.
In addition, employees worldwide completed more than 5,000 hours of green service in 2018. Activities in the United States included tree-planting at the Pennsylvania memorial for 9/11 victims of Flight 93 and a collaboration with Dell in Cary, North Carolina, to clear debris following Hurricane Florence. In India, employees planted more than 2,000 trees at local schools, temples and office parks.
EcoChallenge Changes Habits
Our annual two-week EcoChallenge encourages employee teams to adopt green habits such as biking to work and eating locally sourced food — and then quantify how their sustainable choices add up. In 2018, more than 2,000 participants avoided generating almost 30,000 lbs. of carbon dioxide, saved 75,000 gallons of water and kept 2,000 plastic cups and bottles from landfill.