COLUMBUS, Ga., April 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Aflac, the number one provider of supplemental insurance in the United States1, announced that the company has retained its membership on the FTSE4Good Index. FTSE, a leader in global indices, has included Aflac as a member of this prestigious index since 2011. Aflac is one of 159 U.S. Companies currently included on the list.
The FTSE4Good Index Series objectively measures the performance of companies that meet globally recognized corporate responsibility standards, according to the FTSE website. For inclusion, eligible companies must meet criteria requirements regarding sustainability, human rights, supply chain labor standards, countering bribery and climate change.
"Aflac strives to be a good neighbor in our community by making sustainability and social responsibility a cultural priority," Aflac's Chairman and CEO Dan Amos said. "We are proud of our membership on the FTSE4Good Index because it validates our belief that being a good corporate citizen makes good business sense, and it is also the right thing to do."
To compile the index, FTSE works with Ethical Investment Research Services (EIRIS) and its network of international partners to research company corporate responsibility performance. Researchers use a variety of mechanisms to access the most up-to-date data including annual reports, information on company websites, and questionnaires to aid in determining if a company meets the criteria for inclusion.
In addition to FTSE4Good membership, Ethisphere magazine also included Aflac on its list of the World's Most Ethical Companies for the seventh consecutive year in 2013. Aflac is one of 159 United States companies and 722 globally on the FTSE4Good Index as of March 29, 2013.
1National Underwriter, 2011
When a policyholder gets sick or hurt, Aflac pays cash benefits fast. For nearly six decades, Aflac insurance policies 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 life insurance company in terms of individual policies in force. Aflac individual and group insurance products provide protection to more than 50 million people worldwide. For seven consecutive years, Aflac has been recognized by Ethisphere magazine as one of the World's Most Ethical Companies. In 2013, FORTUNE magazine recognized Aflac as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America for the 15th consecutive year. Also, in 2013, FORTUNE magazine included Aflac on its list of the World's Most Admired Companies for the 12th time, ranking the company number one in the life and health 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 or espanol.aflac.com.
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Aflac herein means American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus and American Family Life Assurance Company of New York.