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December 09, 2014

Sun Life Financial U.S. Earns Top Marks in 2015 Corporate Equality Index

For the 7th Straight Year, Human Rights Campaign Foundation Names Sun Life Financial U.S. a Best Place to Work for LGBT Workplace Equality

Wellesley, Mass. (December 9, 2014) – The U.S. business group of Sun Life Financial announced that it received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2015 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. For the seventh consecutive year, the designation places Sun Life Financial among the organization’s U.S. list of “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.” The Human Rights Campaign’s annual scorecard on corporate equality is the premiere national benchmark for LGBT workplace inclusion.

“Sun Life is a strong advocate of diversity and inclusion, and we are extremely proud to be placed at the top of the list for the seventh straight year,” said Emily Schur, Vice President, Human Resources, of Sun Life Financial U.S. “We’ve made it a priority to build a healthy, balanced culture for our employees and to embrace the value of diverse minds, cultures, and perspectives in all of our business practices. We believe our commitment to equality is not only good for our employees and the community, but also allows us to best serve our customers and continue our position as a leading employee benefits carrier.”

The 2015 CEI rated 971 businesses in the report, which evaluates LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBT community. Sun Life joins the ranks of 366 major U.S. businesses that also earned top marks this year.

For more information on the 2015 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei.

About Sun Life Financial
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. The Sun Life Financial group of companies operates under the “Sun Life Financial” name strictly as a marketing name and no legal significance is expressed or implied. 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. In the United States and elsewhere, insurance products are offered by members of the Sun Life Financial group that are insurance companies. In the United States, Sun Life Financial provides a range of products and services to employers and their employees, including Group and Voluntary Accident, Critical Illness, Dental, Disability, Life, and Stop-Loss insurance products. Sun Life Financial Inc., the holding company for the Sun Life Financial group of companies, is a public company. It is not an insurance company and does not offer insurance products for sale in the United States or elsewhere, and does not guarantee the obligations of its insurance company subsidiaries. Sun Life Financial Inc. trades on the Toronto (TSX), New York (NYSE), and Philippine (PSE) stock exchanges under the ticker symbol SLF. For more information, please visit www.sunlife.com/us.

About The Human Rights Campaign Foundation
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, the HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

Media contact:
Amanda Gallo
Sun Life Financial
781-446-1264
amanda.gallo@sunlife.com

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