Aflac comes in at No. 10 on Fortune’s list of ‘blue ribbon’ companies

tadams@ledger-enquirer.comJanuary 6, 2014 

The Aflac tower on Wynnton Road.

JOE PAULL — jpaull@ledger-enquirer.com

Fortune magazine has compiled its 2013 list of “blue ribbon” companies, and a Columbus firm is on it.

Aflac, with its global headquarters on Wynnton Road, comes in at No. 10, sandwiched between Accenture at No. 9 and Amazon at No. 11.

Blue ribbon criteria include appearing on at least four of Fortune’s annual business lists. In Aflac’s case, it ranked No. 118 on the Fortune 500 list, No. 462 on Global 500, 84 on the 100 Best Companies to Work For, and was top-ranked in the insurance category of “Life and Health World’s Most Admired Companies.”

The “all stars,” as Fortune calls those on the blue-ribbon compilation, indeed is a who’s who among corporations.

The top 10 includes American Express, Apple, Goldman Sachs, Google, Intel, Microsoft, 3M, Abbott Laboratories, Accenture and, of course, the Columbus supplemental insurer with its own duck dynasty. The Aflac duck has become a very popular advertising tool.

The remaining 26 high-profile firms on the list are Amazon, AT&T, Caterpillar, Boeing, Chevron, Cisco Systems, Coca-Cola, Exxon Mobil, FedEx, General Electric, IBM, JPMorgan Chase, Johnson & Johnson, Lockheed Martin, Marriott International, Merck, Nike, Nordstrom, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble, Publix Super Markets, Starbucks, Target, Wal-Mart Stores, Walt Disney and Wells Fargo.

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