Aflac Makes Ethisphere's Annual World's Most Ethical Companies List

Wed Mar 6, 2013 9:01am EST

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Only Insurance Company on Esteemed List for Seven Straight Years
COLUMBUS, Ga.,  March 6, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Aflac, the number one provider of
supplemental insurance in  the United States, serving more than 50 million
people in  the United States  and  Japan, has been selected to Ethisphere's 2013
annual list of World's Most Ethical Companies. Aflac is the only insurance
company to appear on the prestigious list for seven consecutive years.  

"We are always proud to be part of Ethisphere's World's Most Ethical Companies
list because it is the best endorsement of our belief that ethics and profits go
hand in hand," Aflac Chairman and Chief Executive Officer  Dan Amos  said.  "At
Aflac, we believe that treating policyholders and  shareholders with honesty and
integrity is just as important as the peace of mind that our policies deliver to
our customers."  

Companies appearing on the 2013 list were honored last night at Ethisphere's
annual Global Ethics Summit; a two day program that includes various panel
discussions attended by business executives from both global and domestic
companies. Aflac Director Robert "Ben" Johnson is a featured panelist in today's
"View from the Board" session held at the Grand Hyatt in  New York City.

A record number of nominations and applications this year is evidence of both
the World's Most Ethical Companies' growing recognition by various stakeholder
groups and companies' desire to be recognized for their integrity standards and
ethical cultures. The 2013 list is the largest since the award's inception in
2007.  

"Not only did more companies apply for the World's Most Ethical Companies
recognition this year than any year in the past, which demonstrates that ethical
activity is an important part of many of these companies' business models, but
we are also seeing more companies be proactive and create new initiatives that
expand ethics programs and cultures across entire industries, such as
industry-based ethics associations and other activities," said  Alex Brigham,
Executive Director of Ethisphere.  "We are excited to see the 2013 World's Most
Ethical Companies take these leadership positions, and embrace the correlation
between ethical behavior and improved financial performance."

Through in-depth research and a multi-step analysis, Ethisphere reviewed
nominations from companies in more than 100 countries and 36 industries. The
methodology for the World's Most Ethical Companies includes reviewing codes of
ethics, litigation and regulatory infraction histories; evaluating the
investment in innovation and sustainable business practices; looking at
activities designed to improve corporate citizenship; and studying nominations
from senior executives, industry peers, suppliers and customers.

Read about the methodology and view the complete list of the 2013 World's Most
Ethical Companies at http://ethisphere.com/wme. The World's Most Ethical
Companies list will also be featured in the 2013 Quarter 1 issue of  Ethisphere
Magazine.

About Aflac
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 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.  

About Ethisphere Institute
The research-based Ethisphere®  Institute is a leading international think-tank
dedicated to the creation, advancement and sharing of best practices in business
ethics, corporate social responsibility, anti-corruption and sustainability.
Ethisphere Magazine, which publishes the globally recognized World's Most
Ethical Companies Ranking, is the quarterly publication of the Institute.
Ethisphere provides the only third-party verifications of compliance programs
and ethical cultures that include: Ethics Inside®  Certification, Compliance
Leader Verification and Anti-Corruption Program Verification. More information
on the Ethisphere Institute, including ranking projects and membership, can be
found at  http://www.ethisphere.com.

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Media Contacts:  
Laura Kane
Aflac Incorporated  
706.596.3493
706.593.0786 (cell)  
lkane@aflac.com           

Jon A. Sullivan
Aflac Incorporated
706.596.3493
706.573.7610 (cell)
jsullivan@aflac.com        

Aubrie Artiano
Managing Editor  
Ethisphere
aartiano@ethisphere.com                                                         
                                

Analyst and Investor Contact:
Robin Y. Wilkey                       
Aflac Incorporated   
1.800.235.2667         
Fax: 706.324.6330       
rwilkey@aflac.com       

SOURCE  Aflac

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