July 08, 2020

Sun Life’s Group Retirement Services is pleased to launch our proprietary Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) framework

Sun Life’s Group Retirement Services has announced the launch of our proprietary Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) evaluation framework for its core investment platform of 23 investment managers and over 140 funds.

Sustainable Investing is one of three core pillars of Sun Life’s new sustainability plan, which also prioritizes financial security and healthier lives. The new evaluation framework aligns to Sun Life’s corporate sustainable investment strategy. A philosophy built on three beliefs: sustainable investing can improve long-term returns; ESG factors are incorporated to manage risk and identify opportunities; and engagement is more powerful than divestment.

The pandemic has put a spotlight on sustainable investing, particularly how companies are able to pivot and react quickly to social and governance issues. As the COVID-19 global pandemic unfolded in the first half of 2020, sustainable indices outperformed broad market benchmarks, a trend seen in previous market crises.

We are taking a leadership role in helping clients identify ESG leaders on the GRS core investment platform and making it easy to understand the level of ESG integration they are offering in their retirement savings plans investment options.

We invite you to read the press release by clicking here.

If you have questions, please contact your Sun Life Group Retirement Services representative.