Aflac nears $90 million in childhood cancer fund-raising

May 10, 2014 

Aflac said recently its effort to raise money for the treatment and research of childhood cancer has topped $87 million. That included nearly raise $10 million in 2013 alone.

The supplemental health and life insurer, headquartered on Wynnton Road in Columbus, said the total includes funds from the company, its independent sales agents, employees and through various events and social media programs since 1995.

The total is reported inside Aflac's 2013 Corporate Citizenship Report.

Aflac began its sponsorship of the Aflac Cancer Center in 1995. The center is a leading childhood cancer treatment and research center.

The company said it recently set a new goal of reaching the $100 million milestone by the end of 2015, and said after that it will maintain its commitment to continue fighting childhood cancer until a cure is discovered.

Of the $10 million raised in 2013, Aflac said $425,000 came from independent sales agents who gave cash each month from their commission checks.

"Our independent sales agents deserve recognition for their selfless contributions to our company's ongoing efforts to eradicate children's cancer," Aflac Chairman and CEO Dan Amos said in a statement. "They contribute because they care, and like everyone at Aflac, they anxiously await the day when their generosity is no longer needed and every child has a long and fulfilling life, away from the fear of cancer."

Other highlights from the Corporate Citizenship Report report:

• Aflac has a diverse work force -- 68 percent are women, 44 percent are a minority and 33 percent are minority women, while 24 percent of Aflac's corporate executives are women. That compares to an average of 14.6 percent among Fortune 500 companies as reported by Catalyst.

• In 2013, Aflac received several pieces of recogniation from Fortune magazine. They included making the lists of "100 Best Companies to Work For," and the "World's Most Admired Companies" for the 15th and 12th times, respectively. Ethisphere Institute also named the firm a "World's Most Ethical Company" for the seventh time.

• Aflac Japan has set up Aflac Parent's House, a home-away-from-home for pediatric patients and their families during the children's recovery.

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