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Aflac Named as a Top 50 Company for Supplier Diversity

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Hispanic Trends Magazine recognizes Aflac as a corporate leader in doing business with minority-owned companies.

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Feb. 06, 2006 – Aflac has been named as a leading organization for supplier diversity by Hispanic Trends Magazine and will be featured in the publication's inaugural top 50 listing of the best companies within this category. The February issue will highlight the complete list of companies receiving this honor.

“Supplier diversity is a key element to the way we do business,” stated Eric Seldon, Aflac's second vice president, Aflac Support Services. “We strive to promote an inclusive environment that extends not only to our internal employees, but also to our external customers through programs that encourage supplier diversity.”

Hispanic Publishing, publisher of Hispanic Magazine and Hispanic Trends magazine, gathered information from an annual survey focusing on supplier diversity. An editorial committee reviewed the data to compile the list of company honorees offering the most procurement opportunities to minority-owned businesses.

Earlier this year, Aflac was named Georgia's Company of the Year by Business to Business magazine and was ranked among the top 50 organizations in Fortune magazine's 100 Best Companies to Work For listing. Aflac also received an honorable mention by in its annual listing of Top Corporate Buyers of Diversity Products and Services in the United States. Hispanic Trends magazine offers insightful articles that enhance minority business opportunities. Operated by Hispanic Publishing, the content provides updated information that also impacts the day-to-day lives of Hispanics.

For over 50 years, Aflac products have given policyholders the opportunity to direct cash where it is needed most when a life-interrupting medical event causes financial challenges. Aflac is the number one provider of guaranteed-renewable insurance in the United States and the number one insurance company in terms of individual insurance policies in force in Japan. Aflac's insurance products provide protection to more than 40 million people worldwide. Aflac has been included in Fortune magazine's listing of America's Most Admired Companies and Forbes magazine's Platinum 400 List of America's Best Big Companies for five consecutive years. In January 2006, Aflac was included in Fortune magazine's list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America for the eighth consecutive year. Aflac was also included in Fortune magazine's list of the Top 50 Employers for Minorities in August 2005, and in September 2005, Aflac Japan was named the Life Insurance Company of the Year at the Asia Insurance Industry Awards, sponsored by the Asia Insurance Review. Aflac Incorporated (NYSE: AFL) is a Fortune 500 company listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AFL.

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