Welcome to Aflac’s annual Corporate Citizenship Report, published each year in April. This 2013 report covers the company’s actions and activities in the calendar year 2012 and parts of 2013. It highlights the accomplishments emanating primarily from our U.S. headquarters located in Columbus, Georgia. We also maintain two offices New York, Columbia, South Carolina, Omaha Nebraska, and Japan and are driving toward accepted best practices in those areas.
Aflac has historically been a strong advocate of corporate responsibility, however, in 2011, we engaged the services of Dr. Robert Pojasek, Harvard University professor and Senior Managing Scientist and Sustainability Lead at Exponent, Inc., to improve and enhance the company’s approach to sustainability efforts and reporting. The result of this engagement is a stronger adherence to GRI standards and an even greater understanding of sustainability and social responsibility.
To gather this information for this report, the Aflac Corporate Social Responsibility Team, led by Corporate Communications, surveyed a diverse group of offices and individuals representing the company’s employee led Green Team, Human Resources, IT, Procurement, Legal, the Diversity Council, Internal Communications, Investor Relations, Facilities Management and Aflac Japan.
The crux of this report focuses on our people, our environment and our processes that are designed to enhance our credentials as a strong advocate for consumers and an honest, transparent company for shareholders, partners and the community.
As a seven-time recipient of Ethisphere’s World’s Most Ethical Companies designation and 15 time recipient of FORTUNE Magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For award Aflac believes that a key to our success is the spirit of trust that has been built over time. Within this report we document our diverse workforce, our energy reduction efforts, our proven commitment to a great workplace, and our predisposition to conducting business in an ethical fashion.
In this report, Aflac is providing significant data with regard to energy, recycling and emissions and we hope to continue this trend into the future. While the data for this report has not been audited by a third party, we are confident that the figures are accurate to the best of our knowledge and to the best of our ability to gather and analyze the data herein.
To view the full 2012 Aflac Corporate Citizenship Report, please click here.