Best Corporate Steward: Large Business Finalists

Aflac Incorporated

Aflac Incorporated was founded in 1955 by three brothers who lost their father to cancer and sought to provide insurance products to help others in their time of need. Aflac remains committed to the mantra that doing good is good business, and the company’s strategic investments in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I), philanthropy, and the environment reflect that.  

From contributing $155M+ to support pediatric cancer to implementing sustainable practices and prioritizing DE&I in the workplace, driving positive change in communities is ingrained in Aflac's company culture. This culture of compassion guided Aflac through the tumultuous year of 2020 and sparked innovation that allowed the company to further its positive impact within its key priority areas of philanthropy, DE&I, and sustainability. 


Citi believes there is real economic value in solving societal challenges, and this approach is critical to its success as a business and building long-term value for society. Earlier this year, the company committed $1 trillion to sustainable finance by 2030, aligning with the agenda of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. This commitment includes extending the company’s environmental finance target to $500 billion by 2030, as well as an additional $500 billion for investments in other areas such as education, affordable housing, health care, economic inclusion, racial equity, and gender equality. The effort expands on Citi’s many initiatives to help ensure a more sustainable and equitable future, especially as communities continue to tackle challenges posed by COVID-19.


DSM believes an organization must be committed to being an ambassador of change and its actionable framework, ‘Improve. Enable. Advocate.’ allows the company to accomplish extraordinary things while ensuring shared valued amongst all stakeholders. 

Regardless of the mounting challenges the world faces, DSM remains dedicated to improving operations, such as reaching 100% renewable electricity at DSM North American sites by end of 2021; supplying its 23,000 employees worldwide with immunity boosting vitamins during the COVID-19 pandemic and creating a fully inclusive workplace; enabling success of customers with innovative solutions such as its feed additive Bovaer® which significantly reduces methane emissions of ruminants; and advocating for social and environmental justice policies to help bring about systemic change.

Rocket Companies

Rocket Companies is a Detroit-based holding company consisting of tech-driven financial services businesses that use technology to make some of life’s most complicated transactions easier. Its flagship business, Rocket Mortgage, is the nation’s largest mortgage lender.   
Rocket Companies recognizes that business and community are inextricably linked, so it invests in comprehensive community development. Rocket Companies executes its “for more than profit” vision through the Rocket Community Fund. Since 2010, Rocket Companies and its associated sister companies have contributed more than $200 million to philanthropic efforts and Rocket Companies team members have spent more than 816,000 hours volunteering nationwide.