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Aflac CEO: ‘Let politics fall where they may’ on racial justice

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Aflac Chariman & CEO Dan Amos joins 'Influencers with Andy Serwer' to discuss Georgia's new voting law and share his thoughts on corporate responsibility in the United States.

Video Transcript

- I do want to turn to some more serious stuff, Dan, and ask you about the state of Georgia. I have to ask you about voting. Your company based in Columbus, Georgia. And you issued a statement saying you support solutions that make voting easy and accessible.

You haven't spoken more directly about that than that, I don't think. Can you talk about the decision that goes into taking a stand, or putting a statement out on issues like this? Or this issue in particular.

DAN AMOS: Well, the person that has been the point person for this with us-- and I assigned-- is Teresa White, who is our President of US Operation. Who is an African-American female. She's also head of the US-- of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.

And she has been the person that I have counted on, as we have dealt with issues. We have-- over 50% of our employees are African-American. We've been rated one of the best places to work in America, for African-Americans. I have-- my executive vise president and general counsel's an African-American. Our second biggest business, which is an Aflac group, is an African-American male.

So I have let them-- because I think it's very important that they help participate in forming the way that we address these issues. Our issue is we're in the insurance business. And politically, that has divided America to some degree. These issues have. And so whenever you get involved, you're going to make half the people upset. And it'll be half your workers, half your-- half your policyholder's, half of everything.

And we believe that let the politics fall where they may, but we as a company are very interested in making sure that our people are treated right. That People of Color-- I mean, our board of directors is made up of 65% being minorities or women. Now that includes two Japanese But still saying that we've been very focused for that for many, many years.