Awards and recognition

Our culture of excellence is reaping rewards

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

Our culture of excellence is reaping rewards

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

Sun Life named one of the 2021 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World

For the 12th consecutive year, Sun Life has been recognized by Corporate Knights as one of the world’s 100 most sustainable corporations. Corporate Knights is a Toronto-based media and investment research firm with one of largest circulating magazines focused on business, society and clean capitalism.

Corporate Knights assessed over 8,000 companies with more than US$1 billion in revenues, narrowing it down to the top 100 performers. Organizations were ranked on several new key performance indicators (KPIs) as a result of the ongoing climate crisis and social concerns raised by COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter. These new KPI’s include paid sick leave, clean investments, and executive and board racial diversity. Inclusion in this ranking is testament to Sun Life’s rigorous sustainability practices pertaining to carbon productivity, clean revenue and board gender diversity.

Read more about Sun Life's sustainability strategy and initiatives.

Sun Life named one of Canada’s Best 50 Corporate Citizens

Corporate Knights has once again included Sun Life on its list of the Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada. The 2020 edition places Sun Life 19th overall. Sun Life has appeared on the annual ranking 15 of the 19 years since its inception.

To learn more about Sun Life’s sustainability efforts check out our latest Sustainability report.

Sun Life listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index

In 2020, for the 15th consecutive year, Sun Life was included in the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index (DJSI). The DJSI tracks the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) performance of the world’s leading sustainability-driven companies. Sun Life is the only Canadian insurance company and one of only three in North America to make S&P’s Sustainability Yearbook 2021, a recognition given to companies that perform within the top 15% of their industry.

Sun Life Financial wins Most Trusted BrandTM award

For the 10th year in a row, Sun Life Financial was voted as “Most Trusted BrandTM of Life Insurance Company,” according to the 2019 Reader’s Digest Trusted BrandTM Survey in Canada. Sun Life has been a winner in this category since the award’s inception. Sun Life was also voted as “Most Trusted BrandTM of Health and Dental Insurance Company in 2019.”

The Ipsos Canada poll, conducted on behalf of Reader’s Digest, asked more than 4,000 Canadians to name the brand they trust most in 32 product categories.

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

Sun Life’s CEO named Canada’s Outstanding CEO for 2017

Our President and Chief Executive Officer, Dean Connor was selected Canada’s Outstanding CEO of the Year® for 2017.

The Outstanding CEO program has been in place for more than 25 years, with the honoree chosen by an Advisory Board of top Canadian business leaders. The award honours both Dean and the success of Sun Life.

The Advisory Board noted Sun Life's successful global business strategy and financial performance under Dean’s leadership and the agenda of digital transformation and innovation he has set to create better experiences for our Clients around the world.

Sun Life Philippines leader recognized for talent management excellence

The latest honour for Sun Life Philippines CEO and Country Head, Riza Mantaring, is the 2017 Asia Talent Management Award, presented as part of the Asia Business Leader Awards organized by global business news network CNBC. Riza was recognized for her commitment to employee development, from highly successful leadership development programs to hands-on mentoring of high-potential employees in the Philippines where Sun Life is the longest-standing and one of the largest life insurance company.

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 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.

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.