ECOCHALLENGE SUCCESSEngagement + Impact
“I think the whole EcoChallenge was the best! It brought awareness to things we can do to help make the earth a better place to live. Sometimes you just think locally. To see teams and people from all parts of the world doing what they can to be “green” was inspiring!”
– MetLife Employee
CO-AUTHORED BY METLIFE AND NORTHWEST EARTH INSTITUTE
Recognizing that employees are essential to promoting environmental stewardship across the company, MetLife focuses on integrating sustainability and employee engagement into the workplace through their ‘Our Green Impact’ program.
This program’s mission is to promote environmental awareness across the global company, encourage employees to participate in MetLife’s sustainability programs, and empower one another to reduce environmental impact at work, home, and in our communities.
For the second year in a row, MetLife’s Global Sustainability Team worked with NWEI to offer a company-wide EcoChallenge for MetLife employees, in hopes of further encouraging sustainable lifestyles and engaging employees in MetLife’s commitment to the environment. The EcoChallenge continues to be a valuable and fun way to show employees that small behavior changes can make a large impact on the future of our planet.
Josh Wiener, MetLife’s Global Sustainability Director, shared:
“We decided to incorporate the MetLife EcoChallenge into the Our Green Impact program to create a fun and collaborative way to encourage more associates to get involved in our environmental sustainability efforts. It was important for us to find an initiative that could be inclusive to MetLife employees, no matter if they work remotely, in a small leased office, or in any region around the world.”
Emily Adams, MetLife Sustainability Lead, shared additional insight.
“Sometimes global problems seem overwhelming,” says Adams. “The EcoChallenge gives us ideas for simple actions we can take right now that will benefit our communities and the planet. It’s a fun way to reduce our carbon footprint and make a difference together.”
1,470 MetLife employees from 26 countries participated in the private EcoChallenge this year, a 22% increase from 2016. The results have been inspiring! Over the course of the two-week Challenges in 2016 and 2017, MetLife employees’ collective impact included:
Beyond The Challenge
The Challenge led to positive outcomes for the environment, the MetLife sustainability program and for employees. Since the introduction of the MetLife’s EcoChallenge,Our Green Impact has gained over 500 new members and 4 new Green Impact team locations, bringing the total to 800 employees across 15 locations. The categories and actions were also translated into 5 languages which resulted in a significant increase in program participation from employees outside of the United States.
Pictured Above: Metlife’s office in Beirut, Lebanon even created a green roof inspired by the EcoChallenge!
Employees shared their stories through blog posts and reflections during and at the end of the Challenge.
The challenge ends today, but the journey continues. It was an amazing two weeks leading and encouraging a motivated team that is truly committed to the cause. It was amazing to read the blogs of other EcoChallengers. This opened our minds and thoughts to new and unique ideas. Thank you MetLife for this amazing initiative.
The challenge may have ended but I will continue and make this an everyday challenge until it is just a part of my normal routine. This has been very uplifting and informative. Just the amount of water I was wasting alone was amazing. Thank you for turning a challenge into a lifestyle!
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