We’re building sustainable, healthier communities for life

And we’re looking for new and innovative ways to do more.

Our sustainability strategy

Sun Life’s focus on advancing sustainability – centred around a vision of building sustainable, healthier communities for life – is a key strategy for the company and is essential to our overall business success.

Sustainability means taking accountability for our social, environmental, economic and governance impacts, risks and opportunities, in ways that help ensure our long-term ability to deliver value to our Clients, employees, shareholders and communities.

While we've had sustainability-related programs in place for many years, in 2014 our Board of Directors approved a formal, company-wide sustainability strategy.

Read our most recent Sustainability Report


Advancing sustainability in 4 key areas

Our sustainability strategy rests on 4 pillars within which we continue to deepen our commitment and strengthen our practices.

We believe that by actively supporting the communities where we live and work, we can build a healthier, brighter future for our Clients, employees, advisors and shareholders. Our approach includes:

  • Helping Canadians improve their financial literacy
  • Giving back to communities across Canada
  • Strategically investing in infrastructure projects that foster healthy, sustainable communities
  • Advocating for public policies that encourage financial security and healthy lifestyles

Here’s an example of our approach in practice:

Sun Life once again teamed up with Diabetes Canada to support its national diabetes awareness campaign in November. The campaign was aimed at increasing diabetes awareness and encouraging Canadians to go online and get screened for their risk of developing type 2 diabetes using the CANRISK assessment tool. Throughout November, over 118,000 Canadians were screened for the risk of developing the disease.

Find out more about our diabetes initiative

Read our  Public Accountability Statement to learn more about our other community activities.