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17 June 2021

Manulife gives 37,000 employees extra paid day off, dedicates afternoon to reflect on diversity

SINGAPORE — For the second year in a row, Manulife is giving its entire global workforce, including 19,000 employees in Asia, a “Thank You Day” off this Friday, 18 June 2021. This is on top of the five extra personal days Manulife has already given its employees this year to support their wellbeing.

“The efforts that our colleagues have demonstrated over the past year to keep Manulife advancing at full force amid a turbulent climate have been tremendous, and we are deeply grateful for their commitment. It is important that we take time to recognise their dedication and support over this season, and also use the opportunity to unplug and recharge our minds and bodies for the way forward,” said Dr. Khoo Kah Siang, Chief Executive Officer of Manulife Singapore.

In addition, Manulife is dedicating a full afternoon for all employees to learn more about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), in a first-ever Global Afternoon of Reflection and Learning. The afternoon, on 17 June, will feature a range of learning activities globally and across Asia, including on allyship and how to become better advocates for change.

Sessions include keynote speeches, fireside chats, and webinars hosted by leaders and various Employee Resource Groups (ERGs). In Asia, these include a Pride and Prejudice research presentation by The Economist; a DEI panel of senior Manulife leaders on how to have uncomfortable conversations; and various events run by ERGs on women’s empowerment, racial equality, and LGBTQ+2 inclusion.

“This dedicated afternoon is a reflection of our organisation-wide championing of DEI initiatives,” said Dr. Khoo. “As we strive to build a more engaged and satisfied workforce, listening to, learning from, and actively supporting our employees will continue to be critical. These efforts also underscore our commitment to advocating for a more inclusive and equitable society.”

About Manulife

Manulife Financial Corporation is a leading international financial services group that helps people make their decisions easier and lives better. With our global headquarters in Toronto, Canada, we operate as Manulife across our offices in Canada, Asia, and Europe, and primarily as John Hancock in the United States. We provide financial advice, insurance, and wealth and asset management solutions for individuals, groups and institutions. At the end of 2019, we had more than 35,000 employees, over 98,000 agents, and thousands of distribution partners, serving almost 30 million customers. As of September 30, 2020, we had $1.3 trillion (US$943 billion) in assets under management and administration, and in the previous 12 months we made $31.2 billion in payments to our customers. Our principal operations are in Asia, Canada and the United States where we have served customers for more than 155 years. We trade as 'MFC' on the Toronto, New York, and the Philippine stock exchanges and under '945' in Hong Kong.

About Manulife Singapore

Established in 1899, Manulife Singapore provides insurance, retirement and wealth management solutions to meet the financial needs of our customers across their various life stages. Customers can readily access our solutions through our extensive multi-channel distribution network. In addition to our established agency force, we distribute our products through a number of specialist partners, including banks and financial advisory firms.

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