Sun Life Financial releases Public Accountability Statement

Acting today for a brighter tomorrow

TORONTO, May 10 /CNW/ - Sun Life Financial's 2009 Public Accountability Statement, Acting today for a brighter tomorrow, is now available at www.sunlife.com/publicaccountabilitystatement. The report outlines Sun Life Financial's commitment to corporate social responsibility through the creation and support of worldwide initiatives related to health, arts and culture, social services, education, and sustainability.

Highlights of the report include Sun Life's continued focus on health and wellness initiatives, including the funding of the Sun Life Financial Movement Disorders Research & Rehabilitation Centre at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, to benefit patients with Parkinson's Disease and other movement disorders; and support for the Sun Life Financial Health Information Centre at Toronto's Bridgepoint Hospital - a resource centre where people living with complex chronic diseases can access information to help them cope with their conditions and make better, more informed decisions and choices to positively impact their overall well-being.

The report also details Sun Life Financial's commitment to increase access to culture and the arts for financially challenged families through its award-winning Making the Arts More Accessible(TM) program.

In 2009, Sun Life was honoured with a variety of awards for corporate social responsibility and business practices, including being:

    
    -   Named a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index North America
        for 2009-2010.
    -   The only life insurance company in North America to be named in the
        2010 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World.
    -   Listed for the ninth consecutive year in the FTSE4Good Index, which
        provides investors with a list of companies that meet globally
        recognized corporate sustainability standards.
    

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 and Bermuda. As of March 31, 2010, the Sun Life Financial group of companies had total assets under management of $435 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.

For further information: For further information: Media Relations Contact: Frank Switzer, Vice-President, Corporate Communications, Tel: (416) 979-4086, frank.switzer@sunlife.com; Investor Relations Contact: Phil Malek, Vice-President, Investor Relations, Tel: (416) 204-8163, investor.relations@sunlife.com


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