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 2022 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World

For the 13th consecutive year, Sun Life has earned a spot on the Corporate Knights’ 2022 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World. We are tied for the #1 position among insurance companies globally. This ranking represents the top 1% in the world on sustainability performance.

The Global 100 tracks the sustainability performance of publicly-traded companies with over US$1 billion in gross revenue. It uses publicly disclosed data on up to 24 KPIs covering resource management, employee management, financial management, clean revenue & clean investment and supplier performance.

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

Rowena Chan named a winner of Insurance Business Canada’s 2022 Elite Women Award

Congratulations to Rowena Chan, President, Sun Life Financial Distributors (Canada) Inc., Senior Vice-President, Distribution & Insurance Solutions, for being named a winner of Insurance Business Canada’s 2022 Elite Women award. This award shines the spotlight on ground-breaking women of influence in insurance and the impact they are having across the industry.

Canadian HR Reporter – 2022 Readers’ Choice Awards

Sun Life’s Group Benefits has landed the top spot in three categories for the 2022 Readers’ Choice Awards, presented by Canadian HR Reporter. These awards highlight the best-in-class partners and the most revered service providers. Sun Life won in the following categories:

  • Disability Management (fourth consecutive year)
  • Wellness Programs (fourth consecutive year)
  • EAP - Employee Assistance Program (won in 2019 and 2021)

Great Place to Work® Certified in Philippines and Vietnam

Sun Life Philippines and Vietnam were named a Great Place to Work®, joining Sun Life Canada, U.S. and our Asia Service Centres in India and the Philippines. This certification recognizes our commitment to our people, to building a high performing culture and to our purpose, based on feedback from our employees.

Great Place to Work® is the global authority on workplace culture, surveying more than 100 million employees around the world and using deep insights to define what makes a great workplace.

Best Workplaces in Canada

Sun Life has earned a spot on the Best Workplaces™ in Canada list by Great Place to Work®. This recognition celebrates our commitment to our people and is especially meaningful because it’s based on feedback from our employees.

The Best Workplaces™ in Canada list includes all sizes of organizations from multiple industries. Seventy five percent of an organization’s score is based on confidential employee feedback collected through the globally recognized Trust Index® Survey. The remaining twenty-five percent is based on the type of internal programs and policies each company has in place to support their employees and build company culture. 

Sun Life remains No. 1 in Life Insurance sector

Sun Life retains the number one spot as the country’s premier life insurance company in the Philippines. According to the latest report from the Insurance Commission (IC), Sun Life posted a premium income of PhP39.27 Billion, outperforming its closest contender by a record PhP8 Billion in total premiums. This is the 10th straight year that Sun Life has maintained its leadership in the industry.

BENCHMARK MPF of the Year Awards

Hong Kong Wealth & Pensions business won 42 awards at the BENCHMARK MPF of the Year Awards, recognizing the excellent service and innovative solutions that have made Sun Life a top 3 MPF provider in the industry.

Rowena Chan featured on Insurance Business’ Global 100 2022 list

Sun Life’s Rowena Chan, President, Sun Life Financial Distributors (Canada) Inc. and SVP Distribution & Insurance Solutions has been named to the Insurance Business’ Global 100 2022 list.

The list spotlights outstanding insurance leaders who drive growth and innovation while advancing the industry. 

Best Workplaces for Women 2022

Sun Life is among the Best Workplaces™ for Women in Canada, by Great Place to Work®.

The list was determined using scores from female employees on the globally recognized Trust Index® Survey. To be considered for the list, at least 90% of employees must agree that people are treated fairly, regardless of their gender.

Laura Money named Top 10 Canadian CIOs

Laura Money, Sun Life’s Chief Information Officer has been named one of the Top 10 Canadian CIOs by CIOReview – a leading technology magazine highlighting tech insights and trends.

CIOReview recognizes leaders in the industry for their technology strategy, innovation, and leadership qualities.

Sun Life U.S. earns Top Workplaces USA Award

Sun Life U.S. has earned a spot in the top 50 Top Workplaces USA.

Awarded by Energage, an organization that develops solutions to build and brand top workplaces, the award is based on 15 culture drivers that are critical to the success of an organization.

Best Places to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality

For the 14th consecutive year, Sun Life U.S. has earned a 100% score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation Corporate Equity Index. Sun Life has been a vocal advocate for LGBTQ+ rights and this recognition celebrates the actions taken to ensure greater equity for LGBTQ+ employees and their families.

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equity Index is a U.S.-based national benchmarking tool on corporate policies, practices and benefits pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer employees. 

Sun Life earns spot on Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index

For the 5th consecutive year, Sun Life has been named to the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index which recognizes organizations that have made strong commitments to gender, equality, employee policies, external community support and engagement and gender-conscious product offerings.

The Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index tracks the performance of public companies who disclose their efforts to support gender equality through policy development, representation, and transparency.

Sun Life listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index

In 2021, for the 16th 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 one of only seven North American insurers to be included in the 2021 DJSI.

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 2022 edition places Sun Life 21st overall, driven in part by strong scores on executive gender diversity, board racial diversity and sustainability linked to executive pay. Sun Life has appeared on the annual ranking 17 of the 21 years since its inception.

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

Sun Life Hong Kong awards

Sun Life Hong Kong received multiple industry accolades including Best Company for Women by the American Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong, and the Most Respected Organizations Award by the Hong Kong Management Association.

The awards recognize Sun Life Hong Kong’s ability to foster an inclusive workplace environment.

Pensions & Investments Best Places to Work in Money Management

SLC Management has been named among the Best Places to Work in Money Management for the second year. The award is based on employee survey results highlighting the caring, collaborative workplace culture and commitment to DE&I.

Presented by Pensions & Investments, the program identifies and recognizes the best employers in money management based on the unique ways they build healthy work cultures. 

Boston Globe Top Places to Work

Sun Life U.S. has been named one of the Top Places to Work, and for the second year in a row, placed among the top 10.

The list, compiled by the Boston Globe, recognizes the top workplaces in the state of Massachusetts as voted on by employees. Using employee opinions on the company direction, execution, connection, management, work, pay and benefits and engagement. 

Rowena Chan named Canada’s Leader of Change

Rowena Chan, President, Sun Life Financial Distributors (Canada) Inc. and SVP Distribution & Insurance Solutions has been named one of 25 Leaders of Change by Insurance Business Magazine.

Rowena’s dedication to promoting diversity, equity & inclusion, her passion for driving transformational change in the insurance industry, and her volunteerism both at work and in the community landed her a place on the inaugural list. 

Jacques Goulet named CEO of the Year – Large Business category

Les Affaires business magazine named Jacques Goulet, President, Sun Life Canada as the CEO of the Year – Large Business category. Jacques was recognized as an inspiring leader and champion for workplace mental health and well-being. 


The award recognizes CEOs and executives whose leadership inspires their team and drives company business growth. 

Alice Thomas named among Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women

The Women’s Executive Network (WXN) named Alice Thomas, Chief Architect and Digital Technology Officer, Sun Life, as one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in the Science and Technology category.

The Top 100 Award recognizes exceptional women leaders contributing to the advancement of the societal and professional landscape for future generations. 

Leonardo Dionicio named 2022 top Hispanic professional in IT by HITEC

For the second consecutive year, Leonardo Dionicio, VP, Technology Foundation, Sun Life U.S. has been named to the Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC) 100, an annual list of the most influential and notable Hispanic professionals in the technology industry.

The HITEC 100 celebrates the leadership and achievements of top Hispanic IT professionals based on their accomplishments, mentoring and professional development activities.