SSQ Financial Group's sustainable development and societal responsibility (SDSR) plan - A mobilizing initiative for a promising future

QUEBEC CITY, June 17, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - With the mobilizing support of its 2,000 employees, SSQ Financial Group has announced that it expects to deploy additional levers between 2013 and 2017 to guide its actions and governance around the principles of sustainable development and societal responsibility that have shaped the organization's identity for over 70 years. The plan proposes a series of actions that are based on its mutualist values and aims to combine economic and financial aspects with social and environmental issues.

"The economy of the 21st century and its underlying challenges oblige organizations to put themselves at the service of the population and constantly upgrade their methods. Aware of the role it must play, SSQ Financial Group is enthusiastically unveiling its sustainable development and societal responsibility plan, a broad-scale initiative involving employees, clients and business partners." said SSQ Financial Group's Chief Executive Officer René Hamel.

For SSQ Financial Group, sustainable development goes beyond the environmental and economic framework to include the wellbeing of individuals and the advancement of communities. Such aspirations stem from SSQ Financial Group's fundemental values that put people and social development at the heart of day-to-day actions and represent one of the levers underpinning its exceptional performance. To consult the plan :

About SSQ Financial Group

With a business volume over $3 billion and nearly $11 billion in assets under management, SSQ Financial Group is a leading mutual diversified financial institution in Canada.

The Group serves over 1 million clients and provides jobs to nearly 2,000 employees. SSQ, Life Insurance Company Inc., the Group's principal company, is recognized as a leader in the group insurance industry and as an expert in the investment and retirement sector. SSQ Financial Group is also a rising star in home and auto insurance under the SSQ General Insurance Company Inc. banner and has expanded into the individual insurance market thanks to its subsidiary, SSQ Insurance Company Inc.

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For further information:

Marie Lamontagne
Senior Vice-President of Corporate Communications and Marketing
SSQ Financial Group
418-652-2764 /

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