Sun Life Financial U.S. Receives 100% Score on 2016 Corporate Equality Index

Dec 30, 2015, 09:00 ET from Sun Life Financial - United States

For the 8th Consecutive Year, Human Rights Campaign Foundation Names Sun Life Financial U.S. a Best Place to Work for LGBT Workplace Equality

WELLESLEY, MA, Dec. 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - The U.S. business group of Sun Life Financial announced that it once again earned top marks on the Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. This is the eighth consecutive year that Sun Life Financial received CEI recognition as one of the organization's "Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality" in the U.S.

The CEI evaluates LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBT community. In 2016, achieving a 100% score on the CEI also required fully inclusive employee policies across operations worldwide, as well as new non-discrimination criteria relating to the use of contractors and charitable giving. By fulfilling these higher standards, Sun Life joined the ranks of more than 400 U.S. businesses that together are advancing diversity in the workplace.

"It is encouraging that a record number of companies across the U.S. have stepped up their game when it comes to workplace inclusion, and Sun Life is extremely proud to be among those corporate leaders," said Emily Schur, Vice President, Human Resources, Sun Life Financial U.S. "We not only have a strong company-driven diversity agenda, we also have active employee involvement through our Inclusion Networks. We look for every opportunity to reinforce that Sun Life's healthy, balanced culture and business success require an absolute commitment to equality."

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. HRC envisions a world where LGBT people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community. For more information on the 2016 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei.

For more information about Sun Life Financial in the U.S., visit www.sunlife.com/us.

About Sun Life Financial
Celebrating 150 years in 2015, Sun Life Financial is a leading international financial services organization providing a diverse range of protection and wealth products and services to individuals and corporate customers. The Sun Life Financial group of companies operates under the "Sun Life Financial" name strictly as a marketing name and no legal significance is expressed or implied. Sun Life Financial and its partners have 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. In the United States and elsewhere, insurance products are offered by members of the Sun Life Financial group that are insurance companies. In the United States, Sun Life Financial provides a range of products and services to employers and their employees, including Group and Voluntary Accident, Critical Illness, Dental, Disability, Life, and Stop-Loss insurance products. Product offerings may not be available in all states and may vary depending on state laws and regulations. Sun Life Financial Inc., the holding company for the Sun Life Financial group of companies, is a public company. It is not an insurance company and does not offer insurance products for sale in the United States or elsewhere, and does not guarantee the obligations of its insurance company subsidiaries. Sun Life Financial Inc. trades on the Toronto (TSX), New York (NYSE), and Philippine (PSE) stock exchanges under the ticker symbol SLF.

Media contact: 
Amanda Gallo
Sun Life Financial
781-446-1264
amanda.gallo@sunlife.com

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