We believe that by actively supporting the communities in which we live and work, we can build a healthier, brighter future for our Clients, employees, advisors and shareholders. This is one of the ways we fulfill our commitment to helping our Clients live healthier lives.
Our success depends on the well-being of the communities we serve, and we believe we play a role in their development and sustainability.
In 2016, Sun Life committed more than $11.4 million in charitable donations (up from $10.9 million the previous year) to community organizations across Canada, the U.S., Asia and the UK. Approximately 40% of this was directed towards fighting diabetes, our key business and community giving priority.
Sun Life believes that it is important to promote livable communities by investing in community infrastructure, such as healthcare and supportive services, public transport and schools. In addition to generating employment, these projects can contribute to economic prosperity, social stability and the well-being of communities.
Sun Life holds global infrastructure investments of more than $12 billion, including $9 billion within our project finance portfolio. In 2016, we invested more than $1.5 billion in infrastructure assets, including 8 renewable energy projects, a hospital and a light-rail transit system.
In an industry subject to significant regulation, we believe it is important to bring our views and experience forward to ensure that policy-makers receive a balanced perspective on important issues that directly affect our business, Clients, employees and communities where we operate.
In 2016, we continued to participate in public policy conversations relating to the insurance industry and contributed to the development of public policy that supports economic growth, financial security and healthy lifestyles.