Corporate Responsibility

MetLife is proud of the groundbreaking work the Foundation is doing to help the two billion people around the world who live outside the financial mainstream acquire the tools they need to build better, more secure lives. At the same time, the Foundation continues to honor MetLife’s longstanding commitment to the communities where we do business through support for arts and cultural organizations, health research education and community development.

Steven A. Kandarian - Chairman, President & CEO of MetLife, Inc.

Select MetLife Foundation Grants and Social Impact Investments

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Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture: MetLife Foundation is supporting this newest Smithsonian museum as a founding donor with a $1 million grant. The 380,000 square foot museum is the only national museum dedicated to telling the story of the United States through the lens of African-American life, art, history and culture.
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Working Student Success Network: Partnering with Community Colleges to address challenges students face in completing their education, by increasing students’ financial stability and in turn increasing the likelihood of academic success. MetLife Foundation supports the program which includes 19 colleges and state coordinating agencies in Arkansas, California, Virginia and Washington.
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Financial Opportunity Centers (FOCs): MetLife Foundation partners with Local Initiatives Support Corporation to support FOCs in 11 cities across the U.S. The centers provide integrated financial coaching and job placement for economically-challenged individuals with the goal of increasing financial stability in their lives.
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National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions: Working with the Federation’s Neighborhood Trust Financial Partners, MetLife Foundation supports a pilot program at five credit unions to develop a scalable model to provide financial products and financial counseling with strong outcomes. The pilot program is working with credit unions in New York, Texas, Ohio, Virginia and Louisiana.
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Aid Like a Paycheck: MetLife Foundation supports efforts to provide college students with aid that is evenly distributed across a school year rather than in lump sums at the beginning of each semester. This project helps thousands of students manage their budgets through pilot programs in California and Texas.
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Investing in Infrastructure: In 2015, MetLife partnered with General Electric Co. to invest in an Illinois wind farm to power Microsoft Corp.’s data center in Chicago. MetLife believes wind power investments provide steady, long-term returns at a reasonable level of risk. Additionally, these investments make a meaningful contribution toward limiting carbon and greenhouse gases.

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Municipal Bonds: MetLife invests in municipal bonds that support infrastructure, education, community health and affordable housing. MetLife has invested in municipal bonds since 1996. As of December 31, 2015, MetLife has investments in 425 different municipal entities in 47 states and Washington D.C. Over the past 10 years, MetLife’s investment in municipal bonds has increased more than 300 percent.  

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MetLife Investment Management: In addition to Impact Investments sourced for our general account portfolio, MetLife Investment Management also sources Impact Investments for its institutional investment management clients. Through December 31, 2015, MetLife has sourced almost $6.0 billion in green building and renewable energy opportunities for its clients.