Sun Life US announces philanthropic support to diversity education and racial justice organizations across the country

WELLESLEY, Mass., October 1, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Sun Life US today announced expanded philanthropic support for organizations focused on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. Sun Life will support organizations in Greater Boston and at the national level for initiatives that seek to educate about diversity, foster dialogue and support under-represented minority groups.

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“As we continue to learn more about the systemic issues that perpetuate racial inequity, we are looking for other ways to support various organizations that seek to educate about these issues and provide more opportunities for communities of color,” said Ed Milano, Vice President of Marketing, Sun Life US “We hope to spark more meaningful discussions among our allies while encouraging action in the communities where we and our clients work and live.”

In 2020, Sun Life hired the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. and More than a vote to support their “We Got Next” voter education campaign in the months leading up to the election, as well as the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture’s Talk about racing online education portal.

Sun Life’s 2021 support includes:

  • Boston Children’s Museum Our city exhibition, which invites families to discuss and address issues of race, equity, prejudice and empathy. Sun Life will support media development for the exhibit, including interactive content such as cultural artifacts, family recipe cards and shared stories.

  • The bridge program, a new learning and leadership initiative developed by the 7uice Foundation, which was founded by the Boston Celtics star Jaylen brown and his family in partnership with the Community Biotechnology Initiative at MIT Media laboratory. The program for 15-17 year olds from underrepresented communities of color aims to address the urgent need for greater diversity and inclusion in the ranks of leaders in science and technology.

  • NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. Ready to vote outreach efforts, which for more than a decade have prepared voters for elections by hiring polling day volunteers and providing information on black voting rights and political candidates.

  • The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Cultureis annual Speakeasy evening, which celebrates the LGBTQ + community and its allies. Through the partnership, Sun Life employees will have the opportunity next week to hear museum curators talk about the Freedmen’s Bureau’s document transcription efforts, a program created in 1865 to help with post-war reconstruction. war and help former slaves make the transition to freedom and citizenship.

  • United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley’s Connection program to the card with the aim of increasing the diversity of nonprofit boards of directors.

Sun Life also has several employee-led inclusion networks that work to advance important issues in under-represented communities, foster employee development and share cultural activities. These networks, which have just announced their community support recipients, include Sun Life Pride, BEA (Black Excellence Alliance), HOLA (Hispanic Organization for Leaders & Achievers), BrightWomen, AAHA (Asian American Heritage Association) and DiversAbility.

Sun Life has committed to a new approach to diversity, equity and inclusion over the past year, including the launch of Allies Acting for Change, an employee group serving as an extension senior management, focused on evaluating and making recommendations to strengthen DE&I in hiring, career development and employee training practices. The actions of the group have resulted in an increased diversity of new candidates and the development of clear performance expectations for inclusive and anti-racist behaviors from leaders and all employees. To learn more about Sun Life’s philanthropic support and diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, visit https://www.sunlife.com/us/en/about/

About Sun Life

Sun Life is a leading international financial services organization providing insurance, wealth and asset management solutions to individuals and businesses. Sun Life operates in a number of markets around the world, including Canada, United States, the UK, Ireland, Hong Kong, The Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, India, China, Australia, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia and Bermuda. From June 30, 2021, Sun Life had total assets under management of 1.36 trillion Canadian dollars. For more information, please visit www.sunlife.com.

Sun Life Financial Inc. traded on the Toronto (TSX), new York (NYSE) and Philippine Stock Exchanges (PSE) under the symbol SLF.

In United States, Sun Life is one of the largest providers of group insurance, serving more than 55,000 employers in small, medium and large workplaces across the country. Sun Life’s U.S. portfolio of insurance products and services includes disability, absence management, life insurance, dental care, vision, voluntary care, extended health care and Health Insurance. Sun Life and its affiliates in the US asset management business employ approximately 5,500 people. Group insurance policies are issued by Sun Life, the life assurance company of Canada (Wellesley Hills, Mass.), except in new York, when the policies are issued by Sun Life and Health Insurance Company (US) (Lansing, Mich.). For more information, please visit www.sunlife.com/us.

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