Ethisphere Names Aflac Incorporated One of the World's Most Ethical Companies for 2020
COLUMBUS, Ga: Aflac Incorporated today announced that it is once again included on the Ethisphere Institute's list of the World's Most Ethical Companies for 2020.
Aflac is pleased to be among elite companies from around the world recognized for our commitment to doing business the right way, Aflac Chairman and CEO Dan Amos said. The fact that we have received this incredible honor for 14 consecutive years is a testament to the people and programs that define Aflac as a company that cares. We never take our positive culture lightly and are grateful to Ethisphere for everything they do to foster a purpose-driven global business environment.
In 2019, Aflac reached significant corporate social responsibility (CSR) milestones, including surpassing $140 million in contributions to the treatment and research of childhood cancer. The company also delivered more than 6,200 My Special Aflac Ducks, robotic caring companions designed to help children and families facing childhood cancer, free of charge, to children across the United States and Japan. The company was also recently named to Bloomberg's 2019 Gender-Equality Index.
In addition to knowing that giving back is simply the right thing to do, Aflac prioritizes environmental, social and governance (ESG) programs because we understand that today's investors and consumers demand strong ethics and values, said Aflac Incorporated President and Chief Operating Officer Fred Crawford. A strong ESG program, inclusive of CSR, is an essential part of any successful company's business plan. Companies like Aflac that appear on the 2020 World's Most Ethical Companies list understand this and have an advantage over competitors who do not.
According to Ethisphere, the World's Most Ethical Companies assessment is grounded in Ethisphere's proprietary Ethics Quotient, a process that includes more than 200 questions on culture, environmental and social practices, ethics and compliance activities, governance, diversity and initiatives to support a strong value chain. The process serves as an operating framework to capture and codify the leading practices of organizations across industries and around the globe.
Congratulations to everyone at Aflac for earning this recognition, said Ethisphere Chief Executive Officer Timothy Erblich. This is a moment to acknowledge the leaders working to advance corporate cultures defined by integrity and affirm those companies contributing to broader societal imperatives and the greater good.
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