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Climate Action

Pilot Hill Wind Project, Illinois. MIM-managed renewable energy investment. Photo by Daniel Peters

At MetLife, we’ve spent more than 150 years helping people protect their families, finances, and futures. Climate change poses an urgent risk for all our stakeholders, and we believe it is our responsibility to play our part in identifying solutions and building resiliency in a changing world.

In 2016, we became the first carbon-neutral U.S.-based insurer. Since then, we have achieved carbon neutrality every year while reducing our energy and greenhouse gas emissions. As of the end of 2019, we’ve achieved all of our environmental targets. We’ve nearly tripled our public goals to reduce energy and emissions globally by 10% by 2020, reducing them 33% and 27%, respectively.

Now, we have committed to 11 new global goals, MetLife’s 2030 Environmental Goals. The 11 new goals aim to reduce the environmental impact of MetLife’s global operations and supply chain, while leveraging its investments, products, and services to help protect communities and drive innovative solutions.

For more information on our work on climate change, please read our statement on climate change. For information on our environmental priorities and programs, please read MetLife’s Global Environmental Policy.

MetLife's 2030 Environmental Goals

Climate Action

2030 Environmental Highlights

Resilient Operations

  • Maintain carbon neutrality annually for our global offices, fleet, and business travel.
  • Reduce location-based GHG emissions by 30% from 2019 to 2030.
  • Achieve green or healthy building certification for 40% of our global office portfolio (sq. ft.).
  • Mobilize 100 suppliers to set a GHG emissions reduction target by 2025.

Protecting Our Communities

  • Plant 5 million trees, prioritizing areas vulnerable to natural disasters.
  • Engage and educate 50,000 stakeholders on environmental stewardship annually.
  • Commit to grant $10 million to environmental causes by MetLife Foundation.

Driving Solutions

  • Commit $5 million to develop products and partnerships that drive climate solutions.
  • Originate $20 billion of new MIM-managed green investments.
  • Originate $500 million of new MetLife impact investments, with 25% allocated to climate change priorities.
  • Power all MIM-managed and controlled real estate investments with 100% renewable electricity.

Priorities

MetLife’s environmental priorities include:

  • Implement initiatives to mitigate MetLife’s direct and indirect GHG emissions
  • Reduce energy consumption through effective energy management policies and invest in new green technologies
  • Improve the environmental impact, financial performance, and resilience 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 and disclose climate change risks
  • Implement healthy building strategies to maximize the well-being of our employees and occupants

Our Purpose