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Our Environmental Priorities

As a responsible corporate citizen, MetLife is embedding sustainability throughout our operations, maintenance, and procurement processes.

Working in partnership with our employees, customers and business partners, MetLife can influence meaningful change in minimizing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, reducing energy consumption, eliminating waste, implementing more sustainable ways of working and living, and engaging in responsible sourcing.

MetLife’s environmental priorities include:

  • Implement initiatives to mitigate MetLife’s direct and indirect GHG emissions
  • Reduce energy consumption through effective energy management policies
  • Improve the environmental and financial performance of MetLife facilities
  • Facilitate waste reduction, recycling and reuse efforts globally
  • Engage employees on environmental issues and healthy lifestyle choices
  • Work with suppliers to reduce environmental impacts

Ambitious New Goals for Environmental Stewardship

MetLife is committed to sound environmental stewardship and in 2015, we announced bold new environmental goals for our international operations, including:
Become carbon neutral in 2016 and going forward. Collapsed Expanded

This goal applies to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from all of MetLife’s owned and leased properties across the world, as well as its fleet of automobiles in the Auto & Home business line (Scope 1 and 2). The goal also applies to the company’s employee business travel (Scope 3). MetLife will achieve carbon neutrality through continues implementation of energy efficiency measures across its portfolio, increased use of collaboration tools to reduce employee business travel and investment in carbon offsets for the remainder of its GHG emissions.

By 2020, reduce all energy consumption by 10 percent from a 2012 baseline. Collapsed Expanded

This applies to the company’s global office portfolio, including company-owned and leased facilities. These reductions are being achieved through a combination of capital improvement projects and facility upgrades across offices around the world, such as lighting retrofits, chiller and boiler replacements, efficient HVAC systems, demand metering, occupancy-sensor installations and other projects.

By 2020, reduce location-based greenhouse gas emissions (metric tons of CO2 equivalent) by 10 percent from a 2012 baseline. Collapsed Expanded

This 10 percent reduction applies to MetLife’s global owned and leased offices, the Auto & Home business automobile fleet, and business travel. These reductions are being achieved through various emissions reduction strategies, including energy efficiency capital projects, the integration of sustainability best practices into new MetLife workspaces, and the increased use of collaboration tools to offset employee travel. These reductions will not be achieved through the purchase of green energy or carbon offsets.

By 2020, require 100 of MetLife’s top suppliers to publicly disclose their GHG emissions and emission-reduction activities. Collapsed Expanded

As a financial services company, MetLife’s supply chain represents a significant portion of its environmental impact, so it is important to engage key suppliers and encourage reduction of their own GHG emissions.

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MetLife is an office-based organization with a large real estate portfolio. Among our priorities in managing our environmental impact is developing programs that address climate change, lower energy consumption and improve the environmental performance of facilities that are owned or operated by MetLife. Since 2012, MetLife has reduced energy consumption by 30% as a result of numerous capital improvement projects and facility upgrades, including lighting retrofits, chiller and boiler replacements, LED lighting systems, demand metering and occupancy-sensor installations.

MetLife’s travel policies and work arrangements maximize our connection to each other and to customers while reducing the company’s environmental impact. For example, MetLife employees can access innovative tools for collaboration at MetLife’s global offices from more than 400 video conferencing rooms. Collaboration technologies reduce the need for business travel and can significantly lower overall travel-related emissions.

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MetLife is committed to using renewable sources of electricity as an important part of our strategy to cut emissions. We purchase significant amounts of grid-sourced, low-carbon energy. We also purchase Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) to support the development of new renewable generation capacity.

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MetLife uses green technology to reduce our facilities’ carbon footprint, drive operational excellence and bring employees together in state-of-the-art collaborative workspaces. We implement sustainability best practices in our buildings through sustainable design, capital projects and facility upgrades. These projects focus on driving energy savings, emissions reductions, water efficiency, waste diversion and operational cost savings. Examples include lighting retrofits, chiller and boiler replacements, LED lighting systems, demand metering and occupancy-sensor installations.

MetLife manages more than 15 million square feet of work space across the globe. One hundred percent of the eligible offices we manage in the United States are ENERGY STAR-certified. Globally, 21 of our buildings — representing more than four million square feet of space— are certified by the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design program (LEED). Ten of these offices have achieved LEED Platinum certification — the highest level of distinction awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council — including our Global Technology Campus in Cary, North Carolina, and our Government Relations Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

We continue to build upon this success by expanding our green building portfolio and improving building performance with new technologies. Green buildings are not only good for the environment and our bottom line; they also provide positive health and wellness benefits for the people working within them. As we continue to realize the benefits of green buildings, we aim to design all new workspaces to LEED Commercial Interior Gold standards.

Striving for this certification means that all newly designed spaces emphasize natural lighting, have efficient LED lighting technology and occupancy sensors, use ENERGY STAR-certified information technology equipment and have high-efficiency and low-flow plumbing fixtures to reduce water consumption. MetLife’s LEED-certified spaces also incentivize employees to switch to more sustainable modes of transportation by providing amenities such as showers and storage for bicycle commuters and access to electric-vehicle charging stations, of which there are over 50 in total at our major U.S. administrative sites.

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MetLife carefully considers its use of natural resources, including materials and water. MetLife is continuously striving to divert waste from landfills through a combination of waste reduction, recycling and reuse initiatives. We seek out innovative ways to reuse and recycle paper, plastic, cardboard, electronics equipment, toner cartridges, and other office suppliers. In 2018, we recycled more than 3,414,971 pounds of waste, representing more than 58 percent of the total waste produced from our U.S. managed facilities.

We also aim to eliminate waste at the source. One way we have accomplished this is by changing the company’s use of paper. MetLife’s “e-delivery” practices have greatly reduced the number of statements and reports we print, as customers now receive this information electronically. By reducing our paper use, we can enhance customer convenience, save money, and help the environment, too.

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Water conservation is also an important priority. MetLife invests in water-efficient technologies and implements water-reduction strategies to minimize water consumption. Due to these efforts, which include efficient fixture installation, green irrigation practices and facility management improvement, in 2018, MetLife reduced our water consumption by over 48% since 2010.

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MetLife seeks to do business with organizations that uphold sound environmental practices. We embrace sustainability through supplier sourcing and management and green purchasing programs. Some of MetLife’s major green purchasing efforts include sustainable building materials, environmentally friendly janitorial suppliers, sustainably-sourced paper and Energy Star-certified IT equipment.

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MetLife has built strong risk management processes and procedures into the company’s internal operations and lines of business that help us foresee, manage and mitigate risks and events that might impact operations.

These include incidents relating to climate change and the environment. Climate change risks — such as impacts from extreme weather events, disruptions in energy supply, or carbon legislation — have the potential to impact MetLife’s physical operations, investments and supply chain. These risks, as well as associated opportunities, are monitored, managed and reported up to MetLife’s Board of Directors through our global risk management framework.

MetLife assesses world, economic, industry and internal events to identify potential emerging risks. Climate change and water scarcity are examples of environmental risks that we are currently assessing. MetLife also assesses climate-related risks in the company’s investment portfolio through MetLife Real Estate Investments’ semiannual Event Risk Analysis.

MetLife’s global business continuity and crisis management programs prepare and respond to climate- related incidents that may impact our services and operations. We implement site-specific risk mitigation and action plans and have local crisis management teams to manage incidents at each of our global offices.

In the property and casualty line of business, MetLife has long recognized the possibility that catastrophe-related losses may vary significantly from expected amounts. In response, we have historically monitored, and continue to monitor, our spread of risk monthly. We conduct analyses and climate modeling to identify the geographic areas that could produce the largest catastrophe losses.

We review the reinsurance market and reinsurance costs in light of the possible impact of climate change, and we purchase catastrophe reinsurance, as appropriate, to mitigate potential losses from a large event. We follow a consistent annual process to re-evaluate our catastrophe models, risk concentrations, the latest climate change science and reinsurer financial strength requirements.