PFLAG has named MetLife the 2011 Straight for Equality in Business honoree. The award will be presented March 14 in New York City as part of PFLAG National's third annual Straight for Equality Awards Gala.
Since the launch of Straight for Equality in 2007, MetLife has provided education and support for LGBT and straight ally employees of the corporation. As part of its activities, MetLife has hosted over 30 Straight for Equality in the Workplace training sessions around the country. MetLife also has been a strong financial supporter of PFLAG National programs, such as Safe Schools.
In the workplace, MetLife offers its U.S. employees and their domestic same- and opposite-sex partners a variety of health and other benefits. MetLife also has a recognized LGBT affinity group, GLAM, which provides support and guidance for MetLife's LGBT marketing strategy and recommends best practices and strategies to increase recruiting in the LGBT market. Beyond GLAM, MetLife has as a strong diversity community comprised of more than 30 employee-led groups.
Through MetLife's research and education arm, the Mature Market Institute, the company produced the Out and Aging and Still Out, Still Aging reports in collaboration with the American Society on Aging. These reports focus on the financial and long-term care needs of LGBT boomers.
Additionally, MetLife has earned a perfect score of 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index for eight years running. Read more here.