Sun Life scores 100% on HRC's Corporate Equality Index for LGBTQ+ workplace equality

Published on: 01 February 2022
Sun Life Corporate Equality Index 2022

Sun Life U.S. has scored 100% for 14 years in HRC's Corporate Equality Index, a national benchmarking survey on LGBTQ+ workplace equality. Sun Life supports workplace and community activities that promote inclusion for LGBTQ+, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, and the differently-abled.

"We have worked hard to listen to our colleagues and continue to grow and strengthen our inclusion commitments,"

said Tammi Wortham, Sun Life U.S.'s senior vice president of Human Resources.

"Every employee is encouraged to bring their authentic selves to work every day, whether at the office or at home. But there is always more to be done, both within our organization and in our community. We are committed to continuing that work at Sun Life and anywhere else we see an opportunity and a need."

Sun Life holds numerous events and activities throughout the year to address issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community and to promote equity and inclusion for all diverse groups. Sun Life's Pride Inclusion Network attended a panel discussion on allyship for gender diverse people in 2021, and hosted a virtual live discussion with representatives from Trans Youth, a media-centered leadership program that teaches transgender and nonbinary leaders media skills, leadership confidence, and campaign strategies during Transgender Awareness Month in November.

Other events and initiatives in 2021 include National Coming Out Day engagement activities and philanthropic donations to GLAD (Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders), Human Rights Campaign, EqualityMaine, The Transgender Law Center, Kansas City AIDS Foundation, and BelongTo (based in Ireland).

Sun Life has been an outspoken supporter of LGBTQ+ rights, co-signing 13 employer briefs that resulted in the defeat of DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) in 2013 and state laws prohibiting same-sex marriage in 2015. Sun Life joined other employers in 2019 in signing an amicus brief in Supreme Court cases determining whether LGBTQ+ employees are protected under current U.S. civil rights law. The brief was led by a coalition of organizations, including the Human Rights Campaign and Freedom for All Americans, a bipartisan campaign to enact nondiscrimination protections for the LGBTQ+ community, of which Sun Life is a member.

BEA (Black Excellence Alliance), HOLA (Hispanic Organization for Leaders & Achievers), AAHA (Asian American Heritage Association), BrightWomen, and DiverseAbility are also part of Sun Life's Inclusion Networks. Visit https://www.sunlife.com/us/en/about/diversity-equity-and-inclusion/inclusion-networks/ for more information on Sun Life's Inclusion Networks and activities related to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Sun Life is a leading international financial services organization that offers insurance, wealth management, and asset management services to individuals and corporations. Sun Life has offices in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, India, China, Australia, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Bermuda. Sun Life had C$1.39 trillion in assets under management as of September 30, 2021. Please visit www.sunlife.com for more information.

Sun Life is one of the largest group benefits providers in the United States, serving over 55,000 employers in small, medium, and large workplaces across the country. In the United States, Sun Life's diverse portfolio of insurance products and services includes disability, absence management, life, dental, vision, voluntary and medical stop-loss. Sun Life and its affiliates in asset management employ approximately 5,500 people in the United States. Except in New York, where policies are issued by Sun Life and Health Insurance Company (U.S.), group insurance policies are issued by Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada (Wellesley Hills, Mass.) (Lansing, Mich.). For more information, go to www.sunlife.com/us.

Source: Sunlife newsroom

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