Hispanic Trends magazine names Aflac to its Top 50 listing of companies offering the best business opportunities to minority entrepreneurs.
COLUMBUS, Ga. – Feb. 12, 2007 – For the second time within a month, Aflac has been named as one of the top corporations in the country offering the best business opportunities to minority-owned companies. Today, Hispanic Trends magazine recognized the insurer's comprehensive supplier diversity program, which includes extensive training to minority business owners, in its annual listing of the Top 50 Corporations for Supplier Diversity. In January, DiversityBusiness.com also named Aflac as a leader among corporations providing a noteworthy amount of business to women- and minority-owned companies.
For the second consecutive year, Hispanic Trends will feature Aflac in its February/March issue, highlighting the company's efforts to support minority businesses and recent enhancements to its supplier diversity program. Over the past three years, Aflac has significantly increased spending on its supplier diversity program to include advances in educational training for minority vendors. Aflac's efforts to support these entrepreneurs include participation in the Georgia Fast Track Mentoring initiative, an 18-month program dedicated to teaching minority and small business owners skills and proficiencies needed to procure contracts with large corporations.
“We have made it our business to help small and minority-owned companies succeed,” stated Eric Seldon, Aflac's vice president of Support Services, whose responsibilities include leading the company's supplier diversity program. “Our mentoring programs are dedicated to encouraging, educating and enriching these growing operations to help them achieve a great level of success.”
To complete the top 50 listing, Hispanic Publishing, publisher of Hispanic Magazine and Hispanic Trends magazine, researched supplier diversity survey information on all nominated companies. An editorial committee then evaluated the data to create the list of companies that offer the greatest opportunities to small and minority entrepreneurs in areas such as recruitment, scholarships and minority vendor programs.
In an alliance with the Latino Coalition, Aflac recently unveiled plans to recognize Hispanic entrepreneurs. The Aflac Civic Award for Hispanic Business Leaders will honor Latino business owners throughout the country for their community service. The first Civic Award will be presented on March 21 in Los Angeles.
For more than 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. Our insurance products provide protection to more than 40 million people worldwide. Aflac has been included in Fortune magazine's listing of America's Most Admired Companies for six consecutive years and in Fortune magazine's list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America for nine consecutive years. Aflac has also been recognized three times by both Fortune magazine's listing of the Top 50 Employers for Minorities and Working Mother magazine's listing of the 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers. 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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