Sun Life Financial Inc , one of the largest public companies in Canada, today announced the appointment of Alanna Boyd as Senior Vice-President and Chief Sustainability Officer. This newly created role, solely focusing on sustainability, is a first for Sun Life and reports to Kevin Strain, who became the company's 11th President and CEO on August 9.
In her new role, Ms. Boyd will continue to build on Sun Life's long-term economic, environmental, and social commitments to design and lead greater sustainability performance for Sun Life. These commitments align with the company's broader business strategy and supports Sun Life's Purpose to help Clients achieve lifetime financial security and live healthier lives.
"As a global industry leader, Sun Life has a responsibility and ability to advance meaningful sustainability outcomes and it is a key strategic priority for us," said Kevin Strain, President and CEO, Sun Life. "Creating a dedicated Chief Sustainability Officer role is important to me to advance our priorities and I see it as the critical next step in Sun Life's sustainability commitment.
"Alanna brings a depth of sustainability experience and expertise to help Sun Life continue to embed sustainable practices across our business operations and help drive further actions that create a cleaner, more inclusive, and sustainable future."
Ms. Boyd joined Sun Life in 2016 and was most recently Vice-President of Government, Regulatory Affairs & Sustainability. She has led the development and advancement of Sun Life's current sustainability strategy and reporting of the firm's progress. She has also furthered Sun Life's ESG disclosures in recognition of growing investor interest in and demand for robust reporting on sustainability performance.
In 2019, she directed the development of a new Purpose-led Sustainability Plan that starts from a foundation of being a trusted and responsible business.
"The world is facing a series of unprecedented challenges – from climate change to the COVID-19 pandemic to growing inequality," said Alanna Boyd. "Sun Life has a responsibility and opportunity to broaden its sustainability agenda to create a more resilient, sustainable and inclusive economy.
"We have so much more to do, especially as we move toward fulfillment of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. I'm excited about these opportunities for Sun Life."