Fortune Magazine Selects AFLAC As One Of 'America's Most Admired Companies'
Columbus, Ga. - March 2, 2004 - AFLAC has been named to Fortune magazine's list of "America's Most Admired Companies" for the fourth consecutive year. AFLAC is ranked number four in the life and health insurance category. The complete list is in the March 8, 2004, issue.
Published annually by Fortune, the list serves as a definitive report card on corporate reputations. The companies were chosen from the ten largest U.S. companies (ranked by revenues) in 64 industries including large subsidiaries of foreign-owned companies. Each year the "Most Admired" rankings are determined by a survey of the country's top executives, directors and securities analysts who rank the top-performing companies within their own industries.
"We are honored to be recognized. Our employees work hard to combine strategic marketing with quality insurance products that provide a high value to our customers," AFLAC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Daniel P. Amos said.
Fortune used eight criteria to gauge each company's reputation: quality of management, quality of products or services offered, innovativeness, long-term investment value, financial soundness, employee talent, social responsibility and wise use of corporate assets.
AFLAC Incorporated (NYSE: AFL) is an international holding company. A Fortune 500 company, AFLAC insures more than 40 million people worldwide. It is a leading writer of insurance products marketed at the worksite in the United States, offering policies to employees at more than 288,100 payroll accounts. The company insures one out of four Japanese households and is the largest life insurer in Japan in terms of individual policies in force. In July 2003, Fortune named AFLAC to its list of "America's 50 Best Companies for Minorities." In January 2004, AFLAC was included in Fortune magazine's list of "The 100 Best Companies to Work for" for the sixth consecutive year. Also in January 2004, AFLAC was named to Forbes magazine's "Platinum 400 List of Best Big Companies in America" for the fifth consecutive year. AFLAC's Internet address is aflac.com.
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