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Sustainability

Building sustainable, healthier communities for life

With a mission of helping customers achieve lifetime financial security, long-term thinking has always been at the core of what we do.

Our sustainability strategy

We believe that environmental, social and governance issues are fundamental to maintaining our business for the long term.

We have integrated sustainability into our business by developing an enterprise-wide sustainability strategy that has been approved by the Governance, Nomination and Investment Committee of the Board of Directors. Our International Sustainability Council, composed of senior leaders from key functions and geographic regions, acts as a champion and advocate in the implementation of the strategy across the enterprise.

We regularly report on our activities and results.

Read our most recent Sustainability Report


Advancing sustainability in 4 key areas

Our sustainability strategy focuses on 4 themes – each of which is directly connected to our business and advances our vision of building sustainable, healthier communities for life.

We actively support the communities where we live and work by helping build a positive and healthy environment for our customers, 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 teamed up with the Canadian Diabetes Association to encourage Canadians to find out their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. During a 6-week campaign, more than 40,000 Canadians completed the online assessment – CANRISK – significantly raising national awareness of how to prevent this major health issue.

Find out more about our diabetes initiative

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