We believe that by actively supporting the communities where we live and work, we can build a positive environment for our Clients, Employees, advisors and shareholders. This means:
- Continuing to offer wide-ranging options and tools to help our Clients achieve lifetime financial security
- Giving back to our communities by encouraging healthy living and supporting our Employees' volunteer commitments
- Strategically investing in infrastructure projects that foster healthy, sustainable communities
- Advocating for public policies that encourage financial security and healthy lifestyles
Profile of giving
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 2015, Sun Life committed more than $10.9 million in charitable donations to community organizations across Canada, the U.S., Asia and the U.K.
We also offer programs that support our Employees and advisors when making their charitable mark by volunteering time, talent and energy in their communities.
To learn about our other philanthropic gifts and our Employees' contributions, read our Sustainability Report.
Teaming Up Against Diabetes around the globe
We're committed to the health and well-being of communities around the world, with a focus on diabetes prevention.
About 422 million people worldwide have diabetes, a number likely to double in the next 20 years.1 At Sun Life, we are dedicated to the health and wellness of our Clients, Employees and communities. Since 2012, we've committed over $15 million to diabetes awareness, prevention, care and research.
1 World Health Organization Global Report on Diabetes, 2016
Contributing to public policy that supports economic growth, healthcare and pension improvements
Sun Life's Public and Corporate Affairs team works with elected officials, public servants and regulators, thought leaders, industry groups and other stakeholders where we operate. We believe in contributing to good public policy that benefits our communities.
We are active in important and meaningful areas, and in 2015, Sun Life CEO Dean Connor provided thought leadership at several key events, including:
- Advocis 2015 Regulatory Affairs Symposium
- Economic Club of Canada
- Canada-ASEAN Business Forum
Connecting with Clients in new ways
Sun Life utilizes social media to keep in touch with our Clients. Last year alone, our Facebook following increased by more than 225%, proving our Clients appreciate alternative ways of connecting.
Sun Life's social media fans/followers worldwide as of March 2016:
Strengthening communities through infrastructure investments
Sun Life was the sole financier of a public-private partnership initiative to redevelop the Milton District Hospital in Milton, Ontario, Canada in order to better address the needs of seniors, children, individuals with visual or cognitive impairments and those using mobility aids.
A new diagnostic, therapeutic and in-patient building will provide an additional 330,000 square feet of space, doubling in-patient beds with expansions of emergency, surgical services, medical/surgical in-patient units, critical care, maternal newborn and diagnostic imaging and support services.
The project aims to meet or exceed Canadian Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification and is expected to be completed in the spring of 2017.