World AIDS Day 2011

Below is a selection of items about company inititiaves relating to HIV/AIDS, issued on the occasion of World AIDS Day 2011 (1 December).  Also, inlcuded are news stories urging greater private sector action and legal protections against workplace discrimination.  For more information, see our sections on HIV/AIDS, Access to medicines and HIV/AIDS discrimination.

Company initiatives

Gabon: Air France aux côtés des mères des nouveau-nés infectés par le VIH-Sida, Gaboneco.com, 7 décembre 2011

Canada: Scotiabank Announces Global Strategy to Help Combat HIV/AIDS, Canada Newswire, 1 Dec 2011

Ghana: Access Bank Schools SMEs on Workplace Policy, Masahudu Ankiilu Kunateh, AllAfrica, 24 Nov 2011 (Re: provision of workshops by Access Bank to SMEs on development & implementation of Workplace Policies for HIV/AIDS)

India: SABMiller India creates awareness drive with staff this World AIDS Day, India Infoline News Service, 1 Dec 2011

India: World Aids Day...PepsiCo India creates HIV awareness, India Infoline News Service, 30 Nov 2011

Malawi: Times Group launches HIV/Aids workplace policy, Emma Mwasinga, Daily Times, 1 Dec 2011

Singapore:  HR pactices should be sensitive to employees with HIV: Dr Khor, TodayOnline [Singapore], 28 Nov 2011 (re: L'Oreal a new initiative to train hairdressers to discuss HIV/AIDS with customers)

So. Africa: Mercedes-Benz Successful HIV and Aids trucking partnership expands its national footprint South Africa, Gerald Ferreira, 3D Car Shows Motor and Automotive News, 30 Nov 2011

Switzerland: Erasing the Stigma of HIV/Aids at work, Christian Raaflaub, Swissinfo.ch, 1 Dec 2011, (re: Johnson & Johnson, UBS)

Tanzania: Gold Mine Introduces HIV/Aids Plan Amoung Workers, Tanzania Daily News, 23 Nov 2011 (re: Barrick Gold)

Uganda: CEOs promote positive living at work places, Paul Tentena, East African Business Week, 4 Dec 2011

USA: AHF Salutes Gilead on Price Cuts for US AIDS Drug Program, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, 5 Dec 2011 (re: Gilead Scienes)

Zambia: State hails First Quantum [Minerals] HIV workplace policy, Kelvin Chongo, Zambia Daily Mail, 1 Dec 2011

Global: Apple stores to participate in World AIDS day by promoting (RED) products, Apple Insider, 1 Dec 2011

Global: This World AIDS Day London M.A.C Cosmetics Artists Focus on Inner Beauty, M.A.C. Cosmetics, 1 Dec 2011 (re: M.A.C Cosmetic'sannual company-wide volunteer effort to commemorate World AIDS Day; involves "more than 1,800 M.A.C employees in 120 North American cities and 33 countries worldwide") 

Global: Fashion supports World AIDS Day, Alicia Waite, Telegraph, 1 Dec 2011 (Re: Gap, Maison Martin Margiela, Kenneth Cole)

Global: World AIDS Day: Gap, Nike, other fashion retailers get involved, Jenn Harris, Los Angeles Times, 30 Nov 2011

Global: Land Rover supports world AIDS day with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, 3D Car Shows Motor and Automotive News, 28 Nov 2011Global

Global: World AIDS Day x Nike(RED), Hypebeast, 22 Nov 2011 (re: Nike's partnership with awarness organization (RED) on special edition products for World AIDS Day)

Other news

China: Chinese premier pledges more financial aid to AIDS patients, urging less discrimination, Xinhua, 2 Dec 2011

China: UNAIDS releases Anti-Discrimination Video in China for World AIDS Day, NTDTV, 1 Dec 2011

China: HIV/AIDS discrimination in workplace, Xinhuanet, 1 Dec 2011 (re: With new laws against workplace HIV/AIDS discrimination, some workers are resorting to the courts)

Ghana: Workplace HIV/AIDS Policy,  Efo Selase Wornameh, Keba Africa in Ghana Broadcasting Corp, 5 Dec 2011 (re: commentary on the importance of workplace HIV/AIDS policies; refers to Shell Ghana)  

India: Judiciary alleviates their pain, Times of India, 4 Dec 2011 (re: Courts have passed orders protecting the rights of workers with HIV/AIDS)

Jamaica: Men Urged to Play Greater Role in Reducing HIV/AIDS, Jamaica Internet Service, 2 Dec 2011 (re: speech by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Reginald Budhan's support for the HIV/AIDS Workplace Programme "and the efforts to develop clear guidelines to create greater awareness, reduce and eliminate stigma related to HIV/AIDS at the workplace.")

Namibia: HIV-Positive Workers Face Discrimination, Albertina Nakale, New Era [Namibia]  5 Dec 2011 (re: speech by Immanuel Ngatjizeko, the Minister of Labour and Social Welfare)

Singapore: What has AIDS got to do with business?, Chong Ai Ling, The Online Citizen [Singapore], 6 Dec 2011 (re: Business coalition on HIV/AIDS pushing firms to raise awareness, take steps to avoid employee discrimination)

Uganda: Businesses Urged on HIV/Aids Workplace Policies, Faridah Kulabako, allAfrica.com, 2 Dec 2011

Africa: Human red rybbon crowns launch of African Union HIV Workplace Policy,  African Union, 6 Dec 2011

Africa: Workplace HIV policies finally pay off as deaths across the continent decrease, Janet Otieno, Business Daily, 1 Dec 2011 

Global: ILO commemorates World AIDS Day and celebrates the 10th anniversary of its programme on HIV/AIDS, International Labour Organization, 1 Dec 2011 

Global: Unions on World AIDS Day: We Won't Turn Away from People With AIDS, Robert Strukman, AFL CIO, 1 Dec 2011

Global: The Medicines Patent Pool: A Powerful Strategy for "Getting to Zero", Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, 30 Nov 2011 (re: Call for pharmaceutical companies to share licenses for AIDS drugs)

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4 December 2011

CEOs promote positive living at work places [Uganda]

Author: Paul Tentena, East African Business Week

...[T]o ensure that employees of different companies in Uganda go for Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) of HIV/AIDS...Chief Executive Officers last week participated in VCT activities with an aim of encouraging their workers to do the same...Mr....

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4 December 2011

Judiciary alleviates their pain [India]

Author: Times of India

The high courts of various states as well as the apex court have passed some important orders that are helping make things better for [people living with HIV/AIDS]...It was in 1997 that the Bombay high court had confirmed the rights of PLWHAs in the...

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2 December 2011

Chinese premier pledges more financial aid to AIDS patients, urging less discrimination

Author: Xinhua

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Thursday pledged new measures to help people living with HIV/AIDS obtain affordable drug treatment, enjoy fair job and education chances and avoid being discriminated....Xiao Qing, an HIV carrier who works as a volunteer...

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1 December 2011

HIV/AIDS discrimination in workplace [China]

Author: Xinhuanet

...According to a survey in 2007, 65 percent of employers discriminate against people with HIV. Another survey published in the Chinese Journal of Clinical Psychology found that 90 percent of respondents had lost their jobs at least once as a result...

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30 November 2011

The Medicines Patent Pool: A Powerful Strategy for "Getting to Zero"

Author: Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility [USA]

In honor of World AIDS Day...members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) reiterate their endorsement of the Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) created by UNITAID, and call upon pharmaceutical companies to share their licenses for life...

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