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10 November, London / New York: Sun Life has become the first insurer to launch a digital learning platform to global employees to advance workplace diversity, equity and inclusion.

Sun Life is a leading international financial services organization providing insurance, wealth and asset management solutions with operations in a number of markets worldwide. Sun Life is excited to be the first insurer to invest in Inclusion Works, by Hive Learning, the world’s leading interactive digital inclusion program.

Branded Kaleidoscope for Sun Life employees, the program will take participants on a journey from unconscious bias to conscious action by embedding tiny, but powerful, acts of inclusion into their daily behaviours and routines. Inclusion Works is a peer learning program, designed to help employees own, accelerate and embed change — accelerating the pace at which inclusion becomes a habit.

“At Sun Life we are all committed to do our part to end systemic racism, intolerance and inequities. Integrating learning and development is critical to achieving our goal,” said Helena Pagano, Executive Vice-President, Chief Human Resources and Communications Officer at Sun Life. “Our ambition to be one of the best insurance and asset management companies in the world depends on active and sincere efforts to embrace diverse perspectives. We’re excited to work with Hive Learning to support us in achieving our goal.”

Over the past 18 months, the program was piloted with 1,500 employees in North America and Asia. At the end of the pilot:

⭐ 94% felt confident demonstrating inclusive behaviours at work.

⭐ 88% committed to taking action on what they learned.

⭐ 92% found the overall learning experience engaging and valuable.

⭐ 96% believe the program will drive positive change at Sun Life.

Julia Tierney, CEO of Hive Learning added, “Too many organizations focus solely on unconscious bias training, rather than helping their people understand how to practically behave in a more inclusive way. Sun Life’s commitment to building inclusive capability is second to none. I’m proud we get to partner with them on this project and look forward to seeing them grow from strength to strength.”

Read the full press release on Sun Life’s website.

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