January 22, 2015

Sun Life Financial named one of the 2015 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World

TORONTO, Jan. 22, 2015 /CNW/ - For the sixth consecutive year, Sun Life Financial Inc. (TSX: SLF) (NYSE: SLF) ("Sun Life") has been named among the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World (the "Global 100").

Sun Life is one of only 12 Canadian companies across all industry sectors to make the Global 100. It is one of three insurance companies to appear on this year's list.

"Sustainability is key to meeting long-term commitments to our customers and the success of our business," said Mary De Paoli, Executive Vice-President, Public & Corporate Affairs and Chief Marketing Officer, Sun Life Financial. "As we mark the 150th anniversary of our founding, we are pleased to be recognized as an organization that is committed to building sustainable and healthier communities for life."

Sun Life is the top-ranked financial services institution in North America according to the Global 100, and has appeared on the annual list nine of the 11 years since its inception.

"We strive to continually improve, developing new ways of strengthening our sustainable practices," said Philip Gillin, Senior Managing Director and Portfolio Manager, Canadian Property Investments and Chair of Sun Life Financial's International Sustainability Council. "Our recent signing of the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment and our planned move to a new LEED platinum-designated corporate head office in Toronto in 2017 are examples of how sustainability is front and centre in our business decisions."

The Global 100 list was announced today by Corporate Knights magazine at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The list consists of the 100 top-performing companies worldwide on a range of sector-specific sustainability metrics.

Other recognition
In addition to its Global 100 ranking, Sun Life was ranked among the top companies in the Globe and Mail's twelfth annual review of corporate governance practices in Canada. Sun Life is also on the Corporate Knights 2014 Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada list, as well as the FTSE4Good and the Dow Jones Sustainability North America indexes.

For details on additional Sun Life Financial sustainability initiatives visit the Sustainability page on sunlife.com

About Sun Life Financial
Celebrating 150 years in 2015, Sun Life Financial is a leading international financial services organization providing a diverse range of protection and wealth products and services to individuals and corporate customers. Sun Life Financial and its partners have operations in key markets worldwide, including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, India, China, Australia, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia and Bermuda. As of September 30, 2014 the Sun Life Financial group of companies had total assets under management of $698 billion. For more information please visit www.sunlife.com.

Sun Life Financial Inc. trades on the Toronto (TSX), New York (NYSE) and Philippine (PSE) stock exchanges under the ticker symbol SLF.

Note to Editors: All figures in Canadian dollars except as otherwise noted. 

SOURCE Sun Life Financial Inc.

Media Relations Contact:
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T. 416-979-6345,
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