Forbes names Sun Life U.S. a Best Employer for Diversity

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WELLESLEY, Mass., June 8, 2023 ~ Sun Life U.S. has been named one of America's Best Employers for Diversity 2023 by Forbes, a recognition that is the result of extensive market research and surveying workers from companies with more than 1,000 employees. Sun Life is committed to fostering a diverse workforce in an inclusive, supportive environment and has implemented new best practices for hiring, retention, and career development.

Dan Fishbein, M.D., president of Sun Life U.S., said "Diversity makes us a stronger organization. A diverse workforce means more ideas, perspectives and expertise will be shared among our colleagues, across all areas of the business. We are proud to receive this recognition and will continue our initiatives to expand diversity at Sun Life."

In 2020 Sun Life U.S. established Allies Acting for Change (AAC), a group of employees operating as an extension of the executive team that assesses business practices and makes recommendations to the company. As a result of AAC's work, Sun Life has implemented more inclusive hiring and retention practices as well as curated career coaching for Black professionals and other professionals of color.

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Tammi Wortham, senior vice president of Human Resources at Sun Life U.S., said "Sun Life is committed to continued, sustainable progress on diversity, equity and inclusion in our workplace...We recognize there is no single solution and that it will take many approaches to move the needle."

Sun Life also holds internal online discussion and educational forums to help employees learn from each other, share experiences and perspectives, as well as come to a better understanding of what it means to be not only inclusive but an ally. The company also has eight employee resource groups called Inclusion Networks which provide space for employees of different backgrounds to support each other, learn together, and participate in cultural or educational activities while maintaining community connections with philanthropic and volunteer support opportunities.

In addition to philanthropic programs such as Embrace Boston (a monument recently unveiled in Boston in honor of Drs Martin Luther King Jr & Coretta Scott King) & organizations that focus on health & wellness for at-risk & underserved communities (National Alliance on Mental Illness; Black Alliance on Mental Health; YMCA of Greater Boston; Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kansas City), Sun Life offers the annual Team Up Against Diabetes grant program which supports local organizations around the country providing nutrition & health services for communities that typically lack access.

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Sun Life U.S.'s DentaQuest business is also the largest provider by membership of Medicaid dental benefit programs covering approximately 37 million members across the country including commercial members & those enrolled in government programs such as Medicaid; Medicare Advantage; & CHIP dental benefits

The company has earned additional recognitions as a top employer including Forbes Best Employer in Massachusetts 2020; annual top-workplace rankings from The Boston Globe; Hartford Courant; Top Workplaces USA; Bloomberg Gender Equality Index 2021; & Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index 100% score for 14 years running

For more information about Sun Life's DE&I initiatives visit https://www.sunlife.com/us/en/about/diversity-e....
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