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This past year has brought increased attention to issues of social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and the urgent need to build a more equitable society. As a purpose-driven company, we are galvanized not only to speak for but, more importantly, to act in support of a more inclusive workplace and just society.
We are committed to being a more inclusive company and to making a positive difference toward racial equity more broadly. We also recognize that despite having made strides, more must be done to uproot systemic injustice and ensure every member of our community feels equal and included.
Led by MetLife President and CEO Michel Khalaf, our new Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leadership Council will drive and execute our DEI strategy across businesses, functions, and regions, provide strategic guidance and insight to improve performance, and visibly promote and champion DEI internally and externally.
Accelerating Representation of Women of Color:
As a signatory of Catalyst CEO Champions for Change, we have committed to accelerate the representation of women, including women of color, in executive and senior-level positions.
Building a Talent Pipeline:
MetLife launched EXCELERATE, a new talent sponsorship program that pairs Executive Group members with mid-level Black/African American and Hispanic/Latino employees to accelerate their progression to officer-level roles.
MetLife made $100 million1 in impact investments that supported diverse communities and racial equity, as part of a broader focus on improving financial health in low-income communities in the United States.
MetLife’s Legal Affairs Diversity Committee collaborated with partner law firm Sidley Austin LLP on legal research and preparation support on two Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) capital cases where Sidley represented defendants who were wrongfully sentenced to death.
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1 As of December 31, 2020, at estimated fair value.