COLUMBUS, Ga., June 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Aflac, the company that pays policyholders benefits fast when they are hurt or sick, has made Black Enterprise magazine's list of 40 Best Companies for Diversity for the sixth straight year. The list will be published on the Black Enterprise Web site, as well as in the June 29 print edition of Black Enterprise magazine.
To select the 2010 Best Companies for Diversity, Black Enterprise and B.E. Research surveyed the top 1,000 publicly traded companies and the 100 leading global companies with strong U.S. operations, focusing on activities related to the participation of African Americans and members of other ethnic minority groups. The survey measured companies against four key categories: the percentage of African Americans and minorities holding positions in the employee base, senior management, board of directors; and the percentage of total dollars spent on minority and African-American-owned businesses (Supplier Diversity).
"We are proud that Black Enterprise has recognized Aflac as one of the 40 best companies for diversity for the sixth time," Aflac Chairman and CEO Dan Amos said. "With a market as broad as the supplemental insurance field, a diverse workforce has enabled us to capture a variety of ideas and perspectives that have helped our business grow."
Aflac scored particularly well in the Employee Base category with more African Americans representing more than 30 percent of the workforce while nearly 40 percent of employees are minorities. Women account for a majority of Aflac employees at more than 66 percent.
When a policyholder gets sick or hurt, Aflac pays cash benefits fast. For 55 years, Aflac products have given policyholders the opportunity to focus on recovery, not financial stress. In the United States, Aflac is the number one provider of guaranteed-renewable insurance. In Japan, Aflac is the number one insurance company in terms of individual insurance policies in force. Aflac insurance products provide protection to more than 50 million people worldwide. Aflac has also been recognized by Ethisphere magazine as one of the World's Most Ethical Companies for three consecutive years and has been named by the Reputation Institute as the Most Reputable Company in the Global Insurance Industry for two consecutive years. In 2010, Fortune magazine recognized Aflac as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America for the 12th consecutive year. In addition, Fortune magazine ranked Aflac No. 1 on its global list of the Most Admired Companies in the Life and Health Insurance category. And Aflac was named by Forbes magazine as America's Best-Managed Company in the Insurance category. 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.