Columbus, Ga. – Sept. 15, 2005 – Aflac was named the Cultural Diversity Award winner for 2005 by the Columbus Mayor's Commission on Unity and Diversity. In presenting the award, Aflac was recognized as being a champion of diversity and for its companywide belief of taking care of the people. The award was presented, Wednesday, during the mayor's fourth annual International Luncheon at the Columbus Civic Center.
The luncheon was held to recognize organizations and individuals for extraordinary achievements in fostering a multicultural workforce and a community that values and celebrates diversity.
“Aflac is honored to receive this award. It recognizes who we are and what we stand for. We're a company that believes in creating opportunity for growth and advancement,” said Dan Amos, chairman and chief executive officer. “Our diversity initiatives have helped to make us a company that reflects the community in which we live. ”
In addition to the engraved acrylic award, Aflac also received a certificate of appreciation. Aflac received the Community Service Diversity Award from the Columbus Mayor's Commission in 2002.
“Aflac has embraced diversity and we're benefiting from it. Whether it's in our rich diverse workforce or our vendors and suppliers, diversity impacts everything we do,” said Brenda, Mullins, second vice president, Human Resources, diversity officer. “We're grateful to receive this honor.”
Aflac has also received numerous diversity honors this year. The August issue of Fortune magazine named Aflac to its list of the Top 50 Employers for Minorities. The fall issue of Black Professionals magazine named Aflac to its Top 25 Companies for African Americans list and Audrey Boone Tillman, senior vice president, director of Human Resources, Facilities and Health Services at Aflac, as one of its 100 Top African Americans in Corporate America. The May 2005 issue of Essence magazine ranked Aflac as one of the top three companies where African American Women are finding success and Black Enterprise's July issue named Aflac to its list of the Top 30 Best Companies for Diversity. Aflac also is featured in the current issue of Atlanta Tribune as being one of the Best Places for Minorities to Work.
For 50 years, Aflac products have given policyholders the opportunity to direct cash where it is needed most when a life-interrupting medical event causes financial challenges. Aflac is the number one provider of guaranteed-renewable insurance in the United States and the number one insurance company in terms of individual insurance policies in force in Japan. Aflac's insurance products provide protection to more than 40 million people worldwide. 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. Aflac has also been included in both Forbes magazine's Platinum 400 List of America's Best Big Companies 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.
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