2019 Best Corporate Steward -- Large Business Finalists


Aflac’s board of directors oversees four community engagement and CSR pillars: ethical leadership, an inclusive workforce, philanthropy, and environmental sustainability. With a diverse workforce of 67% women and 40% ethnic minorities, 90% of Aflac employees say they are treated with dignity and respect.

Aflac invests in training programs to upskill employees for the jobs of tomorrow. Already, 1,300 employees have received promotions, and 200 have found better roles for their talents.

In 2018, Aflac donated $5 million to charitable causes and introduced a free robotic companion to comfort children with cancer, which was named one of TIME’s “50 Best Inventions of 2018.” Eighty-six percent of Aflac’s properties have earned ENERGY STAR recognition, and more than 60% of annual solid waste is recycled.


Salesforce brings shared value to life through its core values of trust, customer success, innovation, and equality. The company’s free online learning platform Trailhead has helped 1.2 million people develop the skills to succeed in today’s economy.

Employees are empowered to give back to the causes they care about with seven paid days of volunteer time off each year. Salesforce also makes its software available for free to more than 40,000 nonprofits and schools. More than 8,500 companies have joined Salesforce in the Pledge 1% movement to give one percent of equity, product, and time to their communities.

At Salesforce, the environment is a key stakeholder. Salesforce has achieved net-zero greenhouse gas emissions globally and is more than halfway toward its goal of 100% renewable energy by 2022.

Stanley Black & Decker  

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Stanley Black & Decker Finalist Photo
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Stanley Black & Decker empowers makers and creators with its stated purpose, “For Those Who Make The World.” The company’s new 2030 CSR strategy is built on three pillars: people, product, and planet.

To empower people, Stanley Black & Decker offers its employees and other workers the opportunity to gain education and new skills to help them thrive in our technology-driven world.

To innovate with purpose, the company is improving the way products enhance lives and improve environmental impact.

In support of a more sustainable planet, Stanley Black & Decker has set a 2030 target to become carbon positive, achieve zero waste to landfill, and ensure sustainable water use across its operations.

U.S. Bank

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U.S. Bank Finalist Photo
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U.S. Bank creates shared value for its employees, customers, communities and the environment through economic, community and workforce development.

Through its company-wide Community Possible platform, U.S. Bank’s goal is to close historic and consistent economic gaps between people and opportunity. The company leverages the entire bank, delivering necessary products and services, and investing to help communities and individuals succeed. One example of this is the launch of U.S. Bank Simple Loan in 2018, which is designed to support customers who have a short-term need for cash.

In 2018, the company contributed $57 million in grants and corporate contributions to nonprofit organizations across the country. U.S. Bank employees gave more than 209,000 hours of their time, which equates to 550 hours of volunteer time every day.