Black Professionals Magazine Names Aflac as Top Employer for African Americans and Recognizes Audrey Tillman as a Top Executive
Columbus, Ga. – Sept 7, 2005 – For the second time within a month, Aflac has been recognized as a top employer for minorities. Black Professionals magazine named the leading insurer as one of the Top 25 Companies for African Americans in its special fall career issue due out this month. The honor comes only weeks following Fortune magazine's listing of the Columbus, Ga.-based corporation as a Top 50 Company for Minorities.
“Workforce diversity positively influences the corporate bottom line and it is essential in keeping companies globally competitive,” said L.P. Green II, publisher of Black Professionals magazine. “We know that diversity initiatives have taken great strides in corporate America, but there is room not only for acknowledgement, but improvement. We applaud those companies that have set the standard and have become leaders in the effort.”
To compile its Top 25 list, Black Professionals magazine surveyed 500 of America's major corporations, reviewing African-American representation within company management and on the board of directors. The publication also considered overall workforce diversity initiatives in place at each organization.
In addition to listing the company as an employer of choice for African Americans, the September issue of the magazine also recognizes Aflac's Audrey Boone Tillman as one of the Top 100 Blacks in Corporate America. Tillman is senior vice president, director of Human Resources, Facilities and Health Services at Aflac.
“It is an honor to be recognized by this publication, both individually and as a part of a company that has consistently demonstrated a commitment to diversity,” said Tillman. “At Aflac, we recognize the value in having a diverse workforce and work hard to ensure that all our employees have opportunities for professional growth.”
In selecting its Top 100 Blacks in Corporate America, the magazine reviewed the professional and personal accomplishments, along with daily job responsibilities of high-ranking African-Americans working within major companies across the country.
Aflac has also received other diversity honors this year. The May 2005 issue of Essence magazine ranked Aflac as one of the top three companies for African-American Women to Work and Black Enterprise's July issue named it one of the Top 30 Companies for Diversity.
Black Professionals magazine is designed to help minority business owners do more business with major corporations by bringing insights to the forefront from the movers and shakers within the corporate supplier diversity arena.
Aflac is the number one provider of guaranteed-renewable insurance in the United States and Japan. Aflac's insurance products provide protection to more than 40 million people worldwide and pay cash benefits to policyholders unless they choose otherwise. Aflac's products are primarily sold at worksites in the United States. In Japan, Aflac is the largest life insurer in terms of individual insurance policies in force. In January 2005, Aflac was included in Fortune magazine's list of the "100 Best Companies to Work for in America" for the seventh consecutive year. In August 2005, Aflac was included in Fortune magazine's list of the "Top 50 Employers for Minorities." Aflac has also been included in Forbes magazine's Platinum 400 List of "America's Best Big Companies" for five consecutive years and in Fortune magazine's listing of "America's Most Admired Companies" for five consecutive years. Aflac Incorporated is a Fortune 500 company listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AFL. To find out more about Aflac, visit aflac.com.
Patsy J. Thomas