Community wellness

Leading change for a healthier and more equitable society

We’re not just donating. We’re striving to make a real difference, especially in our global philanthropic health cause: type 2 diabetes prevention. We harness the full breadth of our resources, including our people and expertise, to generate a positive impact.

Our approach

Sun Life has a long-standing focus on community health and wellness. We invest in initiatives and partnerships that encourage healthy and active living. 

Ensuring wellness opportunities are inclusive and accessible to everyone is important to Sun Life. We have recently 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 disadvantaged communities worldwide. For example, within our Canadian philanthropic budget, we 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 which affects over 537 million adults worldwide1. 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 $46 million to the cause globally. Examples of our support include the Sun Life Diabetes Prevention Clinic with the Montreal Heart Institute in Canada, the Team Up Against Diabetes grant program in the U.S., and Sun Life Malaysia’s Brighter You program. Learn more about why diabetes is our priority cause.

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.

2022 highlights

  • $46.7 million committed to diabetes awareness, prevention and care globally since 2012, including $5.7 million in 2022
  • Increased our commitments to support mental health programs in Canada 
  • Supported inclusive, healthy living through donations to community organizations across North America and Asia

Learn more about our progress and performance in our 2022 Sustainability Report and ESG Performance Tables.

Meet the recipients of the Sun Life Team Up Against Diabetes grant program

Sun Life annually awards grants to organizations around the U.S. that help improve people's health and serve those living with or at-risk for diabetes.

Learn more

1 International Diabetes Federation. “IDF Diabetes Atlas 10th edition”. 2021.

Refer to Sustainability Data Scope.