Aflac Wins US Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Award for Commitment to Diversity, Philanthropy and Social Good
In 2020, Aflac employees volunteered more than 10,000 hours and donated $ 400,000 at the Aflac Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders in Children’s Health Care Atlanta. Aflac’s independent sales agents donated nearly $ 6.7 million commission checks. Aflac has contributed more than $ 155 million at the Center to date, caring for over 8,000 children with cancer and blood disorders.
Each year, Aflac invests $ 3 million for his My Special Aflac DuckÂ® program, a heartwarming robotic companion for children with cancer. To date, more than 12,000 ducks, each valued at $ 200, were issued free of charge to children – providing them with emotional support throughout treatment. From the start of 2022, Aflac will expand its success My special Aflac duck program to meet the specific needs of children with sickle cell anemia, an inherited blood disease that disproportionately affects the African American community.
The racial unrest of 2020 brought the conversation about diversity, equity and inclusion to the fore, prompting Aflac to build on its 65-year history of fighting for social justice. The company has established a social justice committee and additional diversity training for employees. In fact, according to internal surveys, 91% of employees believe that Aflac has created an environment where people of diverse backgrounds can be successful. In 2020, more than 54% of Aflac’s philanthropic spending was devoted to minority causes, including one $ 25 million investment in the Black Economic Development Fund. In addition, the company spent approximately $ 39 million with diversified suppliers, an increase of 58% over the previous year.
The proof of Aflac’s positive impact extends to the environment. Thanks to the energy saving efforts undertaken in 2007, Aflac US saved more than $ 20 million in electricity costs. Aflac became carbon neutral in 2020 for Scopes 1 and 2 by reducing emissions and purchasing renewable energy credits and carbon offsets.
“Aflac embodies what it means to be a force for good in communities,” said Marc De Courcey, Senior Vice President of the United States Chamber of Commerce Foundation. âTheir culture of compassion, coupled with their innovative programs, helps build a more inclusive and sustainable future for all. “
To learn more about the 2021 US Chamber Foundation Citizens Awards, visit the Citizens Awards webpage.
For more information on Aflac and its commitment to serving communities, visit Aflac’s corporate citizenship webpage and to learn more about the company’s environmental, social and governance efforts, visit esg. aflac.com.
About Aflac Incorporated
Aflac Incorporated (NYSE: AFL) is a Fortune 500 company helping provide protection to over 50 million people through its subsidiaries in Japan and the United States, where it is a leading top-up insurer, paying cash quickly when policyholders become ill or injured. For more than six decades, the insurance policies of Aflac Incorporated’s subsidiaries have given policyholders the opportunity to focus on recovery, not financial stress. Aflac Life Insurance Japan is the leading provider of cancer and medical insurance in Japan, where it provides 1 in 4 households. For 15 consecutive years, Aflac Incorporated has been recognized by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. In 2021, Fortune included Aflac Incorporated on its list of the world’s most admired companies for the 20th time, and Bloomberg added Aflac Incorporated to its Gender Equality Index, which tracks the financial performance of state-owned companies committed to supporting business. gender equality through policy development, representation and transparency, for the second year in a row. To find out how to get help with expenses that health insurance does not cover, contact us at Aflac.com or Aflac.com/Espanol.
About the United States Chamber of Commerce Foundation
The United States Chamber of Commerce Foundation is dedicated to strengthening the long-term competitiveness of the United States. It educates the public on the conditions necessary for successful businesses and communities, the positive impact of businesses on communities, as well as emerging issues and creative solutions that will shape the future.
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