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December 19, 2017

Sun Life receives 10th consecutive 100% score for LGBTQ workplace equality from Human Rights Campaign

SLPC 28817 12/17 (Exp 12/19)

WELLESLEY, Mass. – (December 19, 2017) – Sun Life Financial U.S. has once again been named a “Best Place to Work” for LGBTQ equality by the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index. For the 10th year in a row, Sun Life has received a 100% score. The index is a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality.

“We want our employees to feel valued in bringing their true selves to work,” said Kathy deCastro, head of Human Resources at Sun Life Financial U.S. “Sun Life has shown sincere commitment to all aspects of workplace diversity. We do not tolerate discrimination of any kind, and we have a long-standing history of proudly fighting for LGBTQ equality in the workplace.”

Sun Life has been a vocal advocate for LGBTQ rights, joining 13 employer briefs that helped lead to the defeat of DOMA (Defense Of Marriage Act) in 2013 and state laws prohibiting same-sex marriage in 2015. The company also joined two briefs this year in support of including sexual orientation in federal workplace protections.

Sun Life hosts several Diversity & Inclusion networks, including Gays, Lesbians and Others Building Equality (GLOBE), which engages in discussion, holds educational sessions on relevant issues and supports community activities. Most recently, on National Coming Out Day, October 11, GLOBE held a panel discussion featuring Sun Life employees who shared their coming out stories, provided perspectives from across the LGBTQ spectrum and talked about how to support family and friends.

GLOBE is one of several Diversity & Inclusion networks at Sun Life. Others are Black Excellence Alliance (BEA); American Asian Heritage Association (AAHA); Women’s Leadership Network (WLN); and Hispanic Organization for Leaders and Achievers (HOLA). To learn more about Sun Life’s commitment to supporting LGBTQ rights and all Sun Life Diversity & Inclusion networks, visit

About Sun Life Financial

Sun Life Financial is a leading international financial services organization, providing a diverse range of insurance, wealth and asset management solutions to individuals and corporate Clients. Sun Life Financial has operations in a number of markets worldwide, including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, India, China, Australia, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia and Bermuda.

As of September 30, 2017, Sun Life Financial had total assets under management of $934 billion. For more information, please visit

Sun Life Financial Inc. trades on the Toronto (TSX), New York (NYSE) and Philippine (PSE) stock exchanges under the ticker symbol SLF.

In the United States, Sun Life Financial is one of the largest group benefits providers, serving more than 60,000 employers in small, medium and large workplaces across the country. Sun Life’s broad portfolio of products and services in the U.S. includes disability, absence management, life, dental, vision, voluntary and stop-loss insurance. For more information, please visit

Media contact:

Devon Portney Fernald 
Sun Life Financial