Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life 2011 Public Accountability Statement available online

Report highlights companies' impact in communities across Canada

WINNIPEG, MB, June 27, 2012 /CNW/ - The 2011 Public Accountability Statement of Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life shows how the companies are enhancing the long-term effectiveness of Canada's charitable and nonprofit sector, and directly supporting community-based organizations across the country.

In 2011, through their shared national corporate citizenship program, Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life invested $11.9 million in national, regional and local community projects relating to health and wellness, civic activities, social services, education, and arts and culture.

The companies are in the second year of a five-year, $300,000 commitment as founding and presenting sponsor of Imagine Canada's Standards Program. This builds on an earlier $300,000 contribution for its predecessor, the Ethical Code Program. Designed to strengthen public confidence in the charitable and non-profit sector - and support its long-term sustainability - the Standards Program provides accreditation to charities and nonprofits that demonstrate excellence in key areas.

"Engagement in the communities where we live and work is a major strength of our approach to corporate social responsibility," said Allen Loney, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Contributing our knowledge and funding to help charities expand, share best practices and address their development needs is a long-term commitment we are proud to continue."

View and download the Public Accountability Statement here.

About Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life

Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life offer a broad portfolio of financial and benefit plan solutions, and serve the financial security needs of more than 12 million people across Canada. As an Imagine Caring Company that support the principles of corporate citizenship and benchmarks for community investment established by Imagine Canada, the companies donate a minimum of one per cent average pre-tax profits to non-profit, charitable and community organizations each year.

SOURCE Great-West Life Assurance Company

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Marlene Klassen, APR
Assistant Vice-President, Communication Services
204.946.7705

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