5 Million Trees to create resilient forests and communities

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5 million trees planted by 2030, prioritizing areas vulnerable to natural disasters

Conserving, Restoring & Growing, Enabling
This pledge will take place from
2020 to 2030
Argentina, Australia, Brazil and more

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Pledge overview

At MetLife, our commitment to the environment reflects our purpose as a company. Building a more confident future requires us to use natural resources sustainably and address issues such as climate change. We hold ourselves accountable by setting ambitious goals and sharing them with our stakeholders.

MetLife is committed to plant 5 million trees prioritizing areas vulnerable to natural disasters. MetLife expects to achieve this goal through a variety of tree planting initiatives, including reforestation programs, community distribution, and employee volunteering. We plan to engage all stakeholders in this commitment and educate our employees, customers, and community members about the importance of trees. We will prioritize areas that have experienced, or are likely to experience severe weather impacts, as defined by FEMA Disaster Declaration data and other similar entities in MetLife’s markets of operation. We also aim to help improve the health of local ecosystems and communities and preserve biodiversity. By planting five million trees, we are investing in not only the resilience of our local communities, but a nature-based solution to reduce the impact of climate change. In addition to this goal, MetLife takes action to reduce the environmental impact of MetLife’s global operations and supply chain, while leveraging its investments, products, and services to help protect our communities and drive innovative solutions.

In addition to MetLife’s 5 million tree planting goal, MetLife also supports conservation and sustainable forestry through other mechanisms. For example, we aim to reduce paper consumption in our global operations and prioritize the purchase of paper from sustainably managed forests (i.e., Forest Stewardship Council)..

MetLife Investment Management (MIM) is proud of the role it plays in sustainably managed forestry and timber within our clients’ investment portfolios. This can include collateral acreage with the following certifications at origination: Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC), Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI).

Actions in this pledge

  • Conserving trees and forest landscapes

    Supporting actions


  • Restoring and growing trees and forest landscapes

    Supporting actions
    Re-establishment of forest through planting and/or deliberate seeding on land classified as forest, that has been degraded or where trees are unlikely to regenerate naturally
    Activities that establish and manage the integration of trees into agricultural landscapes, silvopastoral systems, farming in forests and along forest margins and tree-crop production
    Mangrove restoration
    Establishment or enhancement of mangroves along coastal areas and in estuaries
    Watershed protection and erosion control
    Establishment and enhancement of forests on very steep sloping land, along water courses, in areas that naturally flood and around critical water bodies
    Urban tree planting
    Planting and maintaining trees within urban areas
    Additional details

    MetLife is supporting several reforestation programs in the United States and forests around the world, as well as smaller scale urban tree planting programs in cities around the world. We will continue to scale these programs globally and identify projects with meaningful impact for the environment and local communities.

    Restoring & Growing

    Land area
    25'500 acres
  • Enabling activities for trees and forest landscapes

    Supporting actions
    Sustainable forest management
    Activities that support the stewardship and use of forests (including by local communities and indigenous peoples), to maintain their biological diversity, productivity, and regeneration capacity, as well as their potential to fulfil relevant ecological economic and social functions
    Education and capacity building
    Forest / tree species conservation and restoration education programmes, targeted educational and behaviour change campaigns, training and capacity building, including promotion of local and traditional knowledge and practices
    Community mobilisation
    Community mobilisation and engagement activities for conservation, restoration and reforestation, including enabling systems of community governance, etc.
    Youth engagement
    Engagement of young people and/or youth networks to catalyse a restoration generation
    Additional details

    MetLife is engaging thousands of employees, customers, and partners in our tree planting programs. For example, in the U.S., MetLife has committed to plant a tree on behalf of every new hire and every retiree. Additionally, we are planting trees on behalf of major employee milestone anniversaries (i.e. 5 years, 10 years with the company). As recognition for participating in environmental programs at work, such as our annual EcoChallenge, we send employees trees to plant at their homes through Arbor Day Foundation’s Community Canopy program. Furthermore, we are engaging employees and customers in urban tree planting programs through volunteerism. We are also identifying ways to connect tree planting with our products and customer communications. For example, in Romania, we have launched a program called “Tree of Life”, where we are planting one tree on behalf of new customers in certain product lines. In Korea, MetLife sent plants and small trees to employees and schools to promote mental and environmental wellbeing. Also in Korea, MetLife hosted an environmental engagement campaign on social media and planted trees on behalf of engagement. We will continue to identify innovative ways of encouraging tree conservation and restoration with our stakeholders.
    Across the MetLife enterprise, we have also prioritized digitization across our operations, products and services. We are continuously working on ways to reduce our paper consumption and encouraging customers to adopt paperless communication options. Within our supply chain, MetLife prioritizes purchasing paper that has (Forest Stewardship Council) FSC or (Sustainable Forestry Initiative) SFI certification. We will continue to measure and monitor our paper consumption and work with partners across the organization to reduce consumption and offer sustainable purchasing guidelines.


Our ecologically and socially responsible approach

For all the tree planting projects we support, MetLife prioritizes projects that create benefits for people and society, in addition to the environment. We work with highly reputable and thoroughly vetted tree planting partners for project implementation. Through these partnerships, appropriate planting sites, tree species, stakeholder involvement and maintenance are assessed, selected and implemented. As one example, the Arbor Day Foundation has set “guiding principles for forest restoration” which include “planting the right tree, at the right time, in the right place, for the right purpose” and “respect, empower and benefit local people and communities”.

Our results tracking

iTree tools and Nature Quant

Ecological metrics

Science based estimates of: net carbon dioxide sequestered, air pollutants removed, avoided runoff.

Social metrics

Nature Quant Score will be associated with many of the urban projects.

Our partners

Arbor Day Foundation and their network of local non-profit and governmental partners, Natural Capital Partners, and others

Our locations

We are working at locations across Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, Hungary, India, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Romania, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom (UK), and United States of America (USA).

Regions of focus as determined by recognized regional needs will include: restoring lands devastated by natural disaster in the great American west, hurricane recovery in coastal states and countries, strategic tree planting in areas vulnerable to drought and stressed water conditions, and activating our network of employees and stakeholders in local green infrastructure projects.
Some project locations already supported or are in the process of supporting include:

• Angeles National Forest, California
• Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida
• Oaxaca and Chiapas regions, Mexico

Urban Planting:
• Sao Paulo, Brazil
• Singapore
• Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
• Madrid, Spain
• Brighton, UK
• Charlotte, NC; Cary, NC; Somerville, NJ; Aurora, IL; St. Louis, MO

Forward-Looking Statements:
Forward-looking statements, such as “commits,” “commitment,” “expect,” “will,” and “2030” are based on assumptions and expectations that involve risks and uncertainties, including the “Risk Factors” MetLife, Inc. describes in its U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings. MetLife’s future results could differ, and it has no obligation to correct or update any of these statements.

Our implementation progress

Pledge implementation progress reporting is managed in collaboration with IUCN’s Restoration Barometer, and is required annually from the year following pledge publication.