Citizen Scientists for Earth Day
For Earth Day 2020, given the virtual environment, we provided employees with multiple ideas to volunteer or participate in Earth Day festivities from the safety of their homes and with their children. These included attending various livestreamed conferences and five expert-led webinars hosted by MetLife.
Planting Trees Around the World
MetLife has been expanding our tree planting initiatives in recent years and doing our part in improving local habitats. In Romania, for instance, the team planted one tree for every new customer, resulting in 10,000 trees planted, while the Turkey team joined an industrywide tree planting commitment to plant over 3,000 saplings. MetLife Foundation also funded tree planting projects in Malaysia, Brazil, and the U.S., with employees in the U.S. planting 4,000 saplings alone in North Carolina. In Korea, employees were sent plants as a symbol of well-being, while in the U.S., 100 employees were awarded trees to plant in their own backyards as prizes for participating in Our Green Impact activities.
Virtual Honey Visits
Since 2019, MetLife has partnered with Bee Downtown, a woman-owned startup focused on bee preservation, to host beehives on our campus in Cary, North Carolina. Traditionally, Bee Downtown would host interactive on-site activities, such as bee hive tours, honey extraction events, and more.
To adjust to employees working from home, Bee Downtown quickly developed a suite of virtual activities to continue MetLife employees’ education on honeybees. The HIVE allowed employees and their families a glimpse into the MetLife apiary. This included taking a virtual tour of the beehives, playing interactive games, participating in scavenger hunts, engaging in nature-focused leadership development, and more, even while working from home. In addition, Bee Downtown hosted a series of virtual honey tastings with employees.