Sun Life Financial's Public Accountability Statement now available online



    TORONTO, May 11 /CNW/ - Sun Life Financial's 2008 Public Accountability
Statement, Commitment. Empowerment. Action., is now available at
www.sunlife.com/PublicAccountabilityStatement2008. The report outlines Sun
Life Financial's dedication to social responsibility and its positive impact
on communities worldwide through support for health-related matters, arts and
culture, education, social services and its commitment to sustainability.
    "The global economic turbulence that emerged in the latter part of 2008
did not deter us from fulfilling our corporate social responsibilities and
keeping our commitments," said Donald A. Stewart, Chief Executive Officer, Sun
Life Financial. "Together with our employees and advisors, we met, and in some
areas surpassed, the goals and objectives we set for ourselves."
    Highlights of the report include Sun Life Financial's continued focus on
health programs that are proactive and preventative in nature, such as
partnering with Toronto's Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre to develop and
launch One Night Live, a spectacular event that raised more than $12 million
to help build the hospital's new birthing and neonatal care unit. The report
also details Sun Life Financial's ongoing commitment to making arts and
culture more accessible and the company's expanded sustainability efforts.

    
    In 2008, Sun Life Financial was honoured with a range of awards for
corporate social responsibility and business practices including:
    -   2008 Globe and Mail Business for the Arts Award for Most Effective
        Corporate Program
    -   Listed since 2001 in the Global FTSE4Good index, which provides
        investors with a list of companies that meet globally recognized
        corporate responsibility standards
    -   Selected as one of only three life insurers to be a member of the Dow
        Jones Sustainability North American Index for 2008-2009
    

    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, 2009, the Sun Life Financial group of companies had total assets
under management of CDN$375 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 ticker symbol SLF.





For further information:

For further information: Media Relations Contact: Kathleen Killen,
Manager, Corporate Communications, Tel: (416) 979-6097,
kathleen.killen@sunlife.com


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