Community wellness

Community solutions to global challenges

We strive to make a real difference, especially through our global philanthropic cause focused on type 2 diabetes prevention. We harness the full breadth of our resources, including our people and expertise, to generate a positive health and wellness impact for communities around the world.  

Our approach

Sun Life has a long-standing focus on community health and wellness. In line with our Purpose, we invest in initiatives and partnerships that help people live healthier lives.  

Ensuring wellness opportunities are inclusive and accessible to everyone is important to Sun Life. We evolved our giving program to place a bigger focus on advancing inclusion through our community work. For example, we embedded principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion into Sun Life’s philanthropy strategy to support those who need help the most. As a Purpose-driven company, we are directing our efforts towards creating more inclusive and healthier communities.   

We aim to play a greater role in addressing health barriers and challenges facing historically underserved and marginalized communities. We continue to take meaningful steps each year to exceed our targeted thresholds for investments in these communities worldwide. For example, within our Canadian philanthropic budget, our aim is to spend a minimum of 5% annually to support Indigenous initiatives and 3% annually to support Black-led initiatives. Refer to our Sustainability Report for more details on the initiatives we support.

Diabetes is a global epidemic that is estimated to affect 1.3 billion people by 20501. That’s why Sun Life has committed to slow the advance of diabetes and its related complications. Our main focus is the prevention of type 2 diabetes. 

Since we announced our commitment in 2012, we have contributed over $50 million to the cause globally. Examples of our support include the Sun Life Diabetes Prevention and Remission Clinic with the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation in Canada, the Team Up Against Diabetes grant program in the U.S., and the Hoops + Health program in our markets across Asia.

In addition to our focus on diabetes prevention, Sun Life is also deeply committed to improving mental health and well-being, particularly for those from underserved communities who are often disproportionately affected by mental health challenges. The global pandemic further underscored the importance of investing in mental health support and improving access to mental health care. Our employees, our Clients and the communities we support all benefit from these investments.  

Sun Life employees and advisors generously volunteer, donate to and participate in causes that they are passionate about. These include initiatives that contribute to the health and well-being of communities.

Sun Life supports employees’ community work, tailored to locally relevant health causes within each of our markets. In North America, for example, our You Give We Give program provides donation matching when employees contribute their time or money to registered charitable organizations.

Learn more about our employee giving program in our annual Public Accountability Statement

2023 highlights

  • $52.4 million committed to the fight against diabetes globally since 2012, including $5.7 million in 2023
  • Supported healthy and active living, particularly for youth, through donations to community organizations across North America and Asia
  • Enhanced our commitment towards mental health by supporting programs in Canada and Asia

Learn more about our progress and performance in our 2023 Sustainability Report and ESG Performance Tables


Sun Life Healthy You campaign won bronze at the Canadian Marketing Association (CMA) Awards in the Healthcare category. The award recognizes the best in Canadian marketing, including the top campaigns and
marketers of the year.

Received the Most Impactful CSR Initiative award at the inaugural Insurance Asia News Country Awards for Excellence 2023 for Singapore. The award was in recognition of the Sun Life Singapore Philanthropic Pledge. Under the pledge, Sun Life Singapore will donate up to 0.5% of the premiums received (with a cap of US$20,000 per policy) with every purchase of SunBrilliance Indexed Universal Life. The proceeds are directed to local programs that address key priorities, including mental health and diabetes prevention and care.

Sun Life expands partnership with Spirit North

Sun Life is expanding its partnership with Spirit North with a
$1 million commitment in funding over three years.

Learn more

1 The Lancet. “Global, regional and national burden of diabetes from 1990 to 2021, with projections of prevalence to 2050”. 2023.  

Refer to Sustainability Data Scope.