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Awards and recognition

Our culture of excellence is reaping rewards

Take a look at the awards and recognition we are achieving.

Sun Life recognized for leading-edge leadership development

We’re extremely proud that Sun Life has received the 2016 Association for Talent Development (ATD) Excellence in Practice Award for Organizational Learning & Development for our Advancing High Performance program. We also received an honourable mention in the Career Development category. The ATD awards are widely respected and recognize programs that meet a demonstrated need, showcase best-in-class design principles, align with other talent strategies in an organization, and deliver sustained, clear and measurable results.

At Sun Life, we are committed to offering Employees at all levels opportunities to grow and develop. Advancing High Performance immerses leaders at the Director level in a hands-on program to sharpen their fundamental leadership abilities. It enhances the way they think and act so they can foster our high-performance culture in their teams. Continuous development - it’s one of the keys to our success today and tomorrow.

For an in-depth look at the program, including its strong design and delivery partnerships with Duke Corporate Education and Second City Works, read "Lessons that last" in the December 2016 issue of Dialogue magazine.

Sun Life named one of the 2017 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World

Sun Life Financial is one of the 2016 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World, as selected by Corporate Knights. Sun Life is one of only six Canadian companies across all sectors included in the ranking, and the only North American insurance company to earn a spot on the 2017 Global 100 1.

The Global 100 is the world's pre-eminent sustainability equity index and its ranking is based on companies' scores on key performance indicators covering resource, employee and financial management and supplier performance. Read more about Sun Life's sustainability strategy and initiatives.


Sun Life Financial wins 2017 Most Trusted Brand™ award

For the 8th year in a row, Canadians have voted Sun Life Financial the Most Trusted Life Insurance Company according to the 2017 Reader's Digest Trusted Brand™ Survey. Trust continues to play a major role in Canadian consumer purchasing decisions, and the Ipsos Reid poll, conducted on behalf of Reader's Digest, asked over 4,000 Canadians to name the brand they trust most in 40 product categories.

TM Trusted Brand is a registered trademark of Reader's Digest Association Canada ULC.

Sun Life ranks #1 in Forrester's November 2016 Canadian Life Insurance Digital Sales Functionality Benchmark

In the first Canadian life insurance digital sales functionality benchmark by influential, research and advisory firm Forrester Research, Sun Life proudly took the top spot.  Our score of 75/100 outperformed the industry average score of 47/100, thanks to our ability to support the needs of both Clients who prefer to buy online and Clients who prefer to work with an advisor.

Forrester rated's Life insurance experience using 35 criteria on desktop, tablet and mobile, and categorized the results in 3 stages: discover, explore and buy. We achieved a near-perfect score at the discover stage, where we help Clients think through their life insurance needs, and we earned the top score for our ability to simplify the sales process.

Sun Life Financial named one of Canada's best 50 corporate citizens for 2016

Corporate Knights magazine has once again included Sun Life on its list of the Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada. The 2016 edition ranks Sun Life 9th overall, the only major life insurance company  on the list.  Sun Life has appeared on the annual ranking 11 of the 15 years since its inception.

Learn more about Sun Life's corporate responsibility programs and how we are helping to make life brighter around the world. For the latest sustainability updates, read our Sustainability Report.

Sun Life listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index – North America

In 2015, for the 9th consecutive year, Sun Life was listed on the Dow Jones SustainabilityTM North America Index. The index represents the top 20% of the 600 largest North American companies in the S&P Global Broad Market Index based on long-term economic, environmental and social criteria.

MFS among top Fund Families of 2015 in Barron's ranking

Sun Life investment subsidiary MFS Investment Management won top honours in Barron's 2015 ranking of Top Mutual Fund Families, placing 1st for 5-year performance.  It ranked 2nd for 10-year performance and 5th for 1-year performance. It is the 8th consecutive year that Barron's has recognized MFS.

Sun Life recognized for corporate governance practices in 2015

Sun Life was ranked #1 in the Globe and Mail Report on Business' 2015 Board Games. The report examined the boards of directors of 234 companies and income trusts in the S&P/TSX composite index as of September 1, 2015 to assess the quality of their governance practices. The assessment and scores are based on questions about board composition, including diversity policies and disclosure of term limits for directors, shareholding and compensation, shareholder rights and disclosure.

Exemplary Governance and Risk Management is one of the 4 key pillars of our sustainability strategy.

Brighter Life Indonesia wins 2014 IMA Outstanding Achievement Award

The Brighter Life Indonesia website won the Interactive Media Awards (IMA) Outstanding Achievement Award in the category of 'Financial Information.' Launched in 2012, the website provides insights about money, health and family.

The awards were judged by the Interactive Media Council, Inc. (IMC), a non-profit organization dedicated to elevating the standards of excellence on the Internet. The IMC is a primary sponsor and governing body of the IMA and focuses primarily on the areas of web standards, accessibility, usability and privacy.

Sun Life executive named as a Woman of Influence in 2014

Brigitte Parent, a senior leader in our Canadian business, was selected as a Woman of Influence by The Insurance & Investment Journal. Brigitte was recognized for her leadership and contributions to the goal of providing financial security to Canadians. The annual report highlights the accomplishments of 50 of Canada's most influential women in the life insurance industry.

Sun Life executive named as one of the 50 Most Inspiring Women in Philippines in 2014

Riza Mantaring, President and CEO of Sun Life Philippines has been recognized as one of the 50 Most Inspiring Women in the Philippines by the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship, known as Go Negosyo.  Riza was acknowledged as a leading  "intrapreneur" – a corporate executive with an enterprising and entrepreneurial mindset.

Go Negosyo is a well-recognized organization that advocates for entrepreneurship in the Philippines.