MetLife Is Sole Sponsor of 2007 American Business Ethics Awards

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NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa., Aug. 27 /-USNewswire/ -- The Foundation for Financial Service Professionals has announced that MetLife, Inc. will be the sole sponsor of the 2007 American Business Ethics Award (ABEA). The annual award program recognizes companies that exemplify high standards of ethical behavior in their everyday business conduct as well as in response to specific crises or challenges.

    "MetLife has always been committed to upholding the highest standard of ethical conduct in all that we do," stated Michael J. Vietri, CLU, executive vice president of MetLife's Agency Distribution Group. "Therefore it is with great pleasure that we sponsor the 2007 American Business Ethics Awards, to show both our appreciation to those in the field who strive for the best, and to illustrate our continued commitment to building and maintaining a strong ethical business structure."

    Speaking for the Foundation, Board president Ward Anderson, CLU, ChFC, said, "We are extremely gratified that MetLife is supporting the Foundation as the exclusive sponsor of the 2007 American Business Ethics Award. It is a testament to MetLife that they have placed themselves front and center on the issue of ethics in American business. They have a proud history of leadership in our industry: their corporate mission has always been based on strong ethical principles and their associates always reflect the best of the financial services profession."

    The ABEA award is presented to companies in three categories: large (more than 2,500 employees), mid-sized (250-2,500 employees), and small (fewer than 250 employees). A company may be nominated for consideration by a customer, client, employee, consultant, vendor or any person who believes that the company's ethics program is laudable. Financial service companies and non- profit organizations are not eligible.

    Recipients of the 2007 ABEA awards will be recognized at a ceremony to be held at the Hilton Bonaventure in Montreal on September 26, the evening before the kick-off of the Society of Financial Service Professionals' annual Financial Service Forum.

    MetLife, Inc. is a leading provider of insurance and financial services with operations throughout the United States and the Latin America, Europe and Asia Pacific regions. Through its domestic and international subsidiaries and affiliates, MetLife, Inc. reaches more than 70 million customers around the world and MetLife is the largest life insurer in the United States (based on life insurance in-force). The MetLife companies offer life insurance, annuities, auto and home insurance, retail banking and other financial services to individuals, as well as group insurance, reinsurance and retirement & savings products and services to corporations and other institutions. For more information, please visit

    The Foundation for Financial Service Professionals is a charitable organization established by the leadership of the Society of Financial Service Professionals to foster research, education and ethical practices amongst financial service professionals for the benefit of the public. More information is available at
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