Aetna (NYSE: AET)
was recognized as one of America's most community-minded companies,
ranking fourth in "The Civic 50" survey - the first comprehensive
ranking of S&P 500 corporations that best use their time, talent, and
resources to improve the quality of life in the communities where they
do business. The survey was conducted by the National Conference on
Citizenship (NCoC) and Points of Light, national experts on civic
engagement, in partnership with Bloomberg L.P.
The Civic 50 is featured in an article in the November 12-18, 2012,
issue of Bloomberg Businessweek and online, looking at the
philanthropic efforts of some of the top companies.
"Aetna is dedicated to helping build healthy communities and improving
the quality of health care for everyone," said Mark T. Bertolini, Aetna
chairman, CEO and president, and chairman of the Aetna Foundation,
Aetna's charitable giving arm. "We are proud to showcase our strong
culture of commitment and we encourage other firms to join us in
demonstrating the good that corporate citizens are doing in so many
Last year, Aetna, the Aetna Foundation, and its employees, retirees and
directors collectively gave nearly $25 million to improve people's
health, particularly those from underserved populations, and to increase
their access to high-quality health care. In addition, Aetna employees
volunteered more than 340,000 hours of their time in support of
"NCoC is proud to be part of The Civic 50 launch," said Ilir Zherka,
Executive Director of NCOC. "The Civic 50 demonstrates that the best
companies in America are deeply committed to strengthening their
respective communities. Leaders of these companies are aligning the
expertise of their companies and people with the needs of their
communities, and then measuring the impact of their programs. NCoC hopes
The Civic 50 will spur companies throughout our country to do the same."
"As a company committed to community engagement and improvement,
Boomberg is proud to have partnered with the National Conference on
Citizenship and Points of Light on this important ranking," said Norman
Pearlstine, Chairman, Bloomberg Businessweek and Chief Content Officer,
Bloomberg L.P. "The Civic 50 is a pioneering addition to the Bloomberg
Rankings inventory. It features a comprehensive, transparent methodology
to identify companies that have taken a leadership role in developing
and implementing civic engagement programs. We believe it will raise
awareness of the importance of a civic consciousness through the U.S.
Companies were evaluated on seven specific metrics: leadership,
measurement/strategy; design; employee civic growth; community
partnerships; cause alignment; and transparency. Winning companies
employed increasingly sophisticated tools to measure the impact of
community engagement and alignment of these programs with their
business' core competencies. More than two-thirds of the top 50
companies say they "frequently" or "always" use the professional skills
of their workforce to address social issues and real community
challenges. Sixty-six percent of the top 50 say they have
"mission-level" alignment with the community partners, meaning they work
with them on the highest strategic level, not just on individual
programs or events.
"Today, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, we can see clearly how much
corporate America pitches in - with expertise, talent, time and money -
to help communities meet critical needs," said Jackie Norris, executive
director of the Points of Light Corporate Institute. "In times of
disaster and in relative calm, The Civic 50's work is transformative,
innovative and critically important."
The full list of winners can be found online at www.businessweek.com/interactive_reports/civic_50_2012.html.
Aetna is one of the nation's leading diversified health care benefits
companies, serving approximately 37.3 million people with information
and resources to help them make better informed decisions about their
health care. Aetna offers a broad range of traditional, voluntary and
consumer-directed health insurance products and related services,
including medical, pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, group life and
disability plans, and medical management capabilities, Medicaid health
care management services and health information technology services. Our
customers include employer groups, individuals, college students,
part-time and hourly workers, health plans, health care providers,
governmental units, government-sponsored plans, labor groups and
expatriates. For more information, see www.aetna.com.
About the Aetna Foundation
The Aetna Foundation, Inc. is the independent charitable and
philanthropic arm of Aetna Inc. (NYSE: AET).
Since 1980, Aetna and the Aetna Foundation have contributed $413 million
in grants and sponsorships, including $19.2 million in 2011. As a
national health foundation, it promotes wellness, health, and access to
high-quality health care for everyone. This work is enhanced by the time
and commitment of Aetna employees, who have volunteered more than 2.6
million hours since 2003. Aetna's current giving is focused on
addressing the rising rate of adult and childhood obesity in the U.S.;
promoting racial and ethnic equity in health and health care; and
advancing integrated health care. For more information, visit www.AetnaFoundation.org.
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