Healthier lives

We aspire to improve health and wellness outcomes for all. To achieve this, we offer our Clients and employees products and tools to help them live healthier lives. At the same time, we’re working to improve health and wellness in society. We do that by improving access to health and disability insurance and investing in community health and thought leadership.

Priority Sustainable Development Goal: #3 Good Health and Well-being.

2020 highlights

  • Accelerated support for employee mental health:

    In Canada, we launched people leader training, encouraged mental health virtual check-ins, and offered resilience training for employees. In Asia and the U.S., we arranged access to mental health webinars through our Employee Assistance Program and other providers.

  • $38 million committed to diabetes initiatives globally since 2012. Diabetes is a global epidemic affecting 1 person in 11. In many cases, Type 2 diabetes can be prevented. That’s why we have focused our giving on diabetes awareness, prevention and care.

  • Published our annual Stop-loss Research Report with insights on high-cost medical claims and emerging clinical trends in the U.S.

Client health

As a company that offers life, health and disability insurance, we know good health is central to overall well-being. The COVID-19 pandemic underscored that. We see first-hand the effect that access to health services and support tools has on Client health, including mental wellness.

2021 goals

  • Expand innovative solutions to positively impact health outcomes of Canadians
  • Strengthen the employer-based health insurance system in the U.S. by championing ideas that will lower the overall cost of care
  • Provide ideas and solutions that ensure more Americans have access to Paid Family and Medical Leave

Learn more about Client health in our annual sustainability report

Employee wellness

Employee wellness underpins our ability to deliver excellent service to Clients and to attract and retain top talent. It also helps to support our high performance culture.

We’ve been fostering employee wellness for years. The COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced the importance of our wellness programs to Sun Life’s resilience. That’s especially true for programs focusing on mental health.

2021 goals

  • Launch benefit plan enhancements in the U.S. to support healthy living
  • Advance the mental health strategy in Canada to promote mental health and support recovery

Learn more about employee wellness in our annual sustainability report

Community wellness

We have a vested interest in contributing to the health and well-being of communities we serve. Our Clients, employees and their families live and work in these communities. That’s means our shared success depends on supporting their development and sustainability.

2021 goals

  • Expand focus of philanthropy portfolio to include support for Canadian mental health
  • Prioritize diversity and inclusion programs within global philanthropic framework
  • Set up and begin using a framework to measure the social impact of our philanthropic investments

Learn more about community wellness in our annual sustainability report

2020 Sustainability Report

Read about our sustainability commitments in action:

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