Volunteering Efforts—Engaging Our Employees

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MetLife employees live our purpose by lending their business skills and enthusiasm to their communities through support for education, the environment and financial health, as well as through pro bono initiatives.  

Great EMEA Litter Pick

In 2021, employees across our EMEA region came together to volunteer for the environment in the “Great EMEA Litter Pick,” an initiative in which employees spent time removing and recycling trash from their neighborhoods and local communities. All EMEA markets participated, with over 500 participants cleaning a variety of locations, including beaches, parks, woods and other public areas, including employees in Egypt cleaning litter from the Nile River. 

Volunteering with Purpose

MetLife’s second annual “Volunteering with Purpose: 90 Days of Giving” campaign encouraged employees globally to activate our purpose through community volunteering. Volunteer opportunities were designed to increase the impact and reach of nonprofit partners, with a focus on helping underserved communities and supporting our DEI focus areas of disability, gender, and race and ethnicity.

  • Girls Who Code, to provide girls and young women with a unique blend of computer science, sisterhood and a first-hand look into careers in technology;
  • Room to Read, which transforms the lives of millions of children in low-income communities by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education;
  • Special Olympics, which uses the power of sport as a catalyst for inclusion for children and adults with intellectual disabilities; and
  • Together We Rise, to improve the lives of children in foster care.

90 Days of Giving by the Numbers

35,750

hours spent volunteering

14,384

employee volunteers

37

countries

MetLife volunteers worked with the Asian-American Legal Defense and Education Fund to create a fact sheet for victims of hate crimes.
MetLife volunteers worked with the Asian-American Legal Defense and Education Fund to create a fact sheet for victims of hate crimes.

2021 Global Volunteering by the Numbers

61,843

volunteer hours

25,450

acts of volunteering

37

countries

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT

MetLife was awarded the Gold President’s Volunteer Service Award for 

Mentoring with Purpose

Education and engagement with caring adult role models can play an important role in increasing social capital and a sense of belonging, thereby driving economic mobility and reducing inequality. Read more about our mentoring efforts.

MetLife Foundation is a longstanding partner of Junior Achievement Worldwide, one of the world’s largest organizations working to inspire and empower young people to succeed in a global economy. MetLife volunteers in 21 countries helped prepare youth for employment and entrepreneurship. 

In Latin America, MetLife Brazil partnered with nonprofit Atados on two virtual mentoring programs in which MetLife employees volunteered to help young people in vulnerable situations. During the first program, MetLife mentors and youth mentees spent two months exchanging letters that discussed the day-to-day life of working for a multinational corporation. In the second program, volunteers developed specific skills with young people through virtual meetings. The program also increased the young participants’ access to dental care.

Skills-Based and Pro Bono Volunteering

MetLife employees around the globe drive social impact through skills-based and pro bono volunteering, sharing their expertise in technology, legal and HR, among other areas.

Learn more about our volunteering and pro bono services initiatives here >

Skills-Based and Pro Bono Volunteering

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Since 2016, MetLife Foundation and Taproot Foundation have offered “Opportunity Workshops,” which pair skilled employees with nonprofits who need support to develop approaches and solutions for issues critical to their day-to-day success. 

In 2021, we partnered with Dell Technologies on two workshops, including the first-ever Opportunity Workshop in the U.K. and Ireland, bringing our companies’ best combined skillsets to the table. 

MetLife recently joined the New York State Business Council for Access to Justice, which supports the provision of critical free legal services for low- to moderate-income New Yorkers. MetLife Legal Affairs partnered with the law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton and Legal Services NYC to host a virtual Emergency Rent Assistance Program application clinic to help New York tenants facing eviction access financial assistance. The clinic is part of the New York State Business Council for Access to Justice’s efforts to address the looming housing and eviction crisis. 

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) is a New York-based national organization that protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans. Thirteen MetLife employees volunteered approximately 106 hours with the organization to research, create and design a fact sheet that provided resources for victims of hate crimes in New York. The goal was to empower members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community with the information they needed to report hate crimes. 

The Climate Foundation is a nonprofit committed to developing sustainable economic solutions to urgent challenges with an emphasis on regenerative food security, ecosystem life support and measurement of carbon export with Blue Carbon sinks. In 2021, MetLife Legal Affairs provided advice on the U.S. registration requirements needed to complete the Foundation’s registration process in the Philippines.

Nine MetLife Legal Affairs associates volunteered to work on a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration clinic in partnership with law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. Volunteers interviewed clients and put together DACA applications help to provide status relief to immigrant youth. 

2021 Taproot Foundation Partnership by the Numbers

550

volunteer hours

91%

of nonprofit partners that worked with MetLife volunteers found the deliverable they received to be good or excellent

29

nonprofits

3

workshops

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