September 22, 2009

Sun Life Financial Earns Top Score in 2010 Corporate Equality Index

Sun Life Scores 100% in Eighth Annual Human Rights Campaign Survey

Wellesley, MA (September 22, 2009) - The U.S. division of Sun Life Financial Inc. (NYSE:SLF, TSX:SLF) today announced that, for the second consecutive year, it has earned the top rating of 100 percent in the 2010 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) and is designated as one of the Best Places to Work for LGBT equality. Administered annually by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the CEI recognizes U.S. businesses for their policies and practices pertaining to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) employees.

"We are proud to once again receive a perfect score on the Corporate Equality Index," said Wes Thompson, President, Sun Life Financial U.S. "Sun Life works hard to maintain a culture that fosters diversity and inclusion, and our results from the Human Rights Campaign's survey represent our commitment to ensuring fairness and equality in all aspects of our business."

The CEI rated 590 businesses in total on a scale of 0 to 100, evaluating LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination policies, transgender-inclusive benefits, spousal and domestic partner benefits, diversity management and external engagement. Sun Life's efforts in ensuring LGBT equality in each of the survey's main criterion earned it the prestigious 100 percent ranking.

For more information on the 2010 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit

About Sun Life Financial

Sun Life Financial is a leading international financial services organization providing a diverse range of protection and wealth accumulation products and services to individuals and corporate customers. Chartered in 1865, Sun Life Financial and its partners today have operations in key markets worldwide, including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, India, China and Bermuda. As of June 30, 2009, the Sun Life Financial group of companies had total assets under management of US $341.9 billion. Sun Life Financial Inc. trades on the Toronto (TSX), New York (NYSE) and Philippine (PSE) stock exchanges under ticker symbol SLF. Visit Sun Life Financial's website at

Jennifer Posterro
Sun Life Financial