Sun Life Financial named as one of the 2013 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World

   Sun Life Financial named as one of the 2013 Global 100 Most Sustainable
                          Corporations in the World

PR Newswire

TORONTO, Jan. 23, 2013

TORONTO, Jan. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - For the third year in a row, Sun Life
Financial is the only North American insurance company named among the Global
100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World for 2013.

Sun Life is one of 10 Canadian companies across all industry sectors to make
the Global 100, and this is the seventh year that the company has appeared on
the list.

"At Sun Life, sustainability means having the ability to assure our customers,
employees, distributors, shareholders and communities that we are in business
for the long term," said Mary De Paoli, EVP, Public & Corporate Affairs and
Chief Marketing Officer, Sun Life Financial. "It is embedded in our decisions
and processes, and demonstrates to our customers that we are focused on
keeping our promises and living up to our mission of helping customers achieve
lifetime financial security."

"Sun Life is proud to be among the Global 100, which validates the work we are
doing to make life brighter for generations to come," De Paoli said. "People
are increasingly seeking to work for and do business with companies that are
aligned with their values, and Sun Life's inclusion in the Global 100 affirms
to our stakeholders that we are focused on the issues that matter to them."

In the last year, Sun Life has been reducing energy consumption in its offices
and data centre; building on its long-standing leadership in the Canadian
financial services industry by continuing to invest in clean and renewable
energy projects; strengthening reporting of its broader sustainability
performance; and joining networks of like-minded organizations focused on
advancing sustainability goals.

The Global 100 list was announced today by Corporate Knights magazine at the
World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Recently recognized as the world's
most credible corporate sustainability ranking by Rate the Raters, the list 
consists of the 100 top-performing companies worldwide on a range of
sector-specific sustainability metrics.

Other recognition

In addition to its Global 100 ranking, Sun Life is ranked first out of 244
companies in the Globe and Mail's eleventh annual review of corporate
governance practices in Canada. Sun Life is also on the Corporate Knights'
2012 Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada list, as well as the FTSE4Good and
the Dow Jones Sustainability North America indexes. Sun Life is the "Most
Trusted Life Insurance Company" in Canada, according to the 2012 Reader's
Digest Trusted Brand consumer survey.

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, Vietnam and Bermuda. As of
September 30, 2012, the Sun Life Financial group of companies had total assets
under management of $515 billion. For more information please visit
www.sunlife.com.

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

Note to Editors: All figures in Canadian dollars.

SOURCE Sun Life Financial Inc.

Contact:

Media Relations Contact:
Andrea Zviedris
Media & PR
Corporate Communications
Tel: 416-979-6199
andrea.zviedris@sunlife.com
 
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