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Sun Life Financial’s support of Diabetes Awareness Month and the Canadian Diabetes Association

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About this entry

SLF's mission is to help achieve lifetime financial security, and with our focus on holistic health we can help Canadians be healthier, more financially secure and lead longer and more productive lives. Given our position in the marketplace, SLF sees first-hand the physical and economic burdens that diabetes can have on Canadians, with 29% of the population currently affected by the disease, at a cost to the Canadian health care system and employers of over $12 billion a year.

For this program, Sun Life aligned with the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA), for their annual Diabetes Awareness Campaign. The primary goal of this program was to compel Canadians to take charge of their health, and complete the online CANRISK assessment test as the first step in identifying those who may be at risk of developing type-2 diabetes. Specific objectives for the program are as listed below:

-Increase completed online type 2 diabetes risk assessment tests from 40,000 in 2014 to 120,000 in 2015

-Utilize a variety of communication vehicles and activation programs to drive test completions including our sponsorship of the Canadian Football League (CFL)

-Generate 8,500 test completions from the Kick Diabetes CFL program

-Increase awareness of diabetes and its risk factors

-Increase awareness of SLF's philanthropic support of diabetes

-Increase purchase consideration and brand opinion of SLF

-Launch SLF's global platform for diabetes-related programming: Sun Life Financial TEAM UP AGAINST DIABETES

Why does this entry deserve to win?

Sun Life's support of diabetes awareness month was a multi-faceted marketing and communications campaign composed of many unique tactics that leveraged traditional, digital, earned media, community partnerships, celebrity spokespeople, and Sun Life's sports sponsorship properties. All elements aligned towards the common goals of raising awareness for diabetes, encouraging Canadians to take charge of their health and take the online type 2 diabetes risk assessment test, and raising awareness of SLF's significant role in the fight against the disease. Individual program components included:


We are extremely proud of our CDA partnership and the incredible impact it had on improving the health and wellness of Canadians. Not only did the program lead to positive social change, but also to positive changes for the SLF brand and business metrics.

Media results were at an all-time high for SLF during the program with specific metrics as follows:

Our 2015 CDA campaign ranks first in aided and unaided recall of all SLF philanthropic and sponsorship partnerships in Canada. Our research shows that giving back to the community through programs like the CDA campaign serves as a powerful differentiator. Among those that are aware of SLF's investment in the community we saw the following:


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Sun Life Financial


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