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AFL Joins Business Ethics Leadership Alliance

6/8/2021

Spartanburg, SC – AFL, an international manufacturer of fiber optic cable, connectivity and accessories, announces it has joined Ethisphere’s Business Ethics Leadership Alliance (BELA), a 300+ member strong globally recognized organization of leading companies collaborating together to share best practices in governance, risk management, compliance and ethics. The partnership supports AFL’s corporate sustainability program and ensures that AFL has access to best-in-class resources including data-driven benchmarking and analysis of best practices relative to other leading companies' ethics and compliance programs. 

“AFL’s partnership with BELA is the latest example of how we ensure that business ethics are at the core of everything we do in the markets we serve worldwide,” said Grant Burns, AFL’s Vice President and General Counsel.  “BELA’s vast resources will keep us on the leading edge of risk assessment and management as we strive to maintain integrity and accountability throughout our supply chain.”

With operations in seven countries, AFL employs approximately 5,500 associates worldwide. Over the past 35+ years, AFL has grown organically and through acquisitions to broaden its portfolio of products and services. AFL's customers range from large energy, service provider, enterprise, hyperscale and industrial companies to small businesses deploying fiber optic networks. 

“The accelerated growth of BELA sends a strong message to the business community that there is a deep need for data, shared insights and collective intelligence that can support a diverse set of leaders charged with implementing effective integrity programs. BELA aligns so well with these pursuits, that it often becomes part of the working culture,” said Kevin McCormack, Senior Vice President and Executive Director for BELA.

BELA members receive enterprise-wide access to the BELA Member hub—a premier repository of resources featuring examples of work, presentations, and research from select BELA companies intended to cultivate more idea exchange and inspiration for companies to continuously improve in the area of ethics and compliance. BELA members can also benchmark their practices to those of the World’s Most Ethical Companies.

“The learning and sharing opportunities with fellow BELA members will enhance and refresh our global ethics and compliance program at AFL,” commented Brianna Woodsby, Director of Compliance. “We are excited and honored to be a part of the BELA family.”

More than 300 BELA member companies represent 60+ industries headquartered in 15 different countries. It has become a pivotal platform of connected leadership dedicated to progressing company standards and practices across global and regional business ecosystems. Driven by a global desire to advance integrity and improve business performance, in 2017 BELA expanded to South Asia.
 
For additional information on AFL, its products and services, visit www.AFLglobal.com.

About AFL
Founded in 1984, AFL is an international manufacturer providing end-to-end solutions to the energy, service provider, enterprise, hyperscale and industrial markets. The company’s products are in use in over 130 countries and include fiber optic cable and hardware, transmission and substation accessories, outside plant equipment, connectivity, test and inspection equipment, fusion splicers and training. AFL also offers a wide variety of services supporting data center, enterprise, wireless and outside plant applications.
 
Headquartered in Spartanburg, SC, AFL has operations in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fujikura Ltd. of Japan. For more information, visit www.AFLglobal.com. Follow us on LinkedInTwitter, Facebook, and read our blog.


About BELA
Founded by the Ethisphere Institute, the Business Ethics Leadership Alliance (BELA) is a globally recognized organization of leading companies collaborating together to share best practices in governance, risk management, compliance, and ethics. BELA’s membership has since grown to a large community of companies who recognize the inherent value of promoting ethical leadership and world-class compliance culture. Learn more about BELA by visiting http://bela.ethisphere.com. To nominate a company to join BELA, contact Director of Member Engagement Sarah Neumann at sarah.neumann@ethisphere.com.
 
About Ethisphere 
The Ethisphere® Institute is the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices that fuel corporate character, marketplace trust and business success. Ethisphere has deep expertise in measuring and defining core ethics standards using data-driven insights that help companies enhance corporate character. Ethisphere honors superior achievement through its World’s Most Ethical Companies® recognition program, provides a community of industry experts with the Business Ethics Leadership Alliance (BELA) and showcases trends and best practices in ethics with Ethisphere Magazine. Ethisphere also helps to advance business performance through data-driven assessments, benchmarking and guidance. More information about Ethisphere can be found at https://www.ethisphere.com.
 
Contacts
Corie Culp
Public Relations Manager, AFL
Corie.Culp@AFLglobal.com
864.423.5057
 
Aarti Maharaj
Aarti.maharaj@ethisphere.com
@Ethisphere

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