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26 Companies of the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GBC) Announce Immediate Commitments to Fight AIDS in China

Submitted by: GBCHealth

Categories: Philanthropy & Corporate Contributions

Posted: May 17, 2005 – 12:00 AM EST

 

BEIJING - In response to Chinese Vice Premier Madame Wu Yi's call on Chinese and international companies to take action to stem the growing HIV/AIDS epidemic, the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GBC) announces definite commitments by 26 companies to tackle HIV/AIDS in their workplaces and the wider community.

In an effort to fight stigma associated with HIV 26 companies have already established, or have committed to implement, non-discrimination policies for HIV/AIDS for their China-based employees before World AIDS Day on December 1, 2005. The multinational and Chinese companies are: Anglo American, APCO Worldwide, Bayer, BD (Becton Dickinson), Beijing Air Catering Co. Ltd, BP, BMH Instruments Co. Ltd, Gobon Guilin Latex, GlaxoSmithKline, Horizon Research Group, Johnson & Johnson, Lafarge, M.A.C Cosmetics, MSD China, National Basketball Association (NBA), Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, PFT Group, Pfizer Inc., Qingdao Double Butterfly, Rio Tinto, Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Companies, SOHU.com, Standard Chartered Bank, STAR, TOTAL Group, and Unilever. The British Chamber of Commerce has also pledged to support the non-discrimination policies. The purpose of these policies is to protect employees from discrimination by their employer or other employees.

Trevor Neilson, the executive director of the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GBC), explained that businesses have a responsibility to protect employees living with HIV/AIDS and that no person should be unfairly denied employment based on their HIV status. "We challenge all companies, Chinese and foreign, to fight HIV related stigma and discrimination and establish non-discrimination policies in the workplace," he said.

Eight member companies of the GBC are also unveiling a wide variety of additional contributions to the fight against HIV/AIDS:

  • Last Wednesday, MSD China signed an agreement with the Ministry of Health to create a US$ 30 million program to develop an integrated approach in the management of HIV/AIDS, including disease education, prevention, treatment and support. The program will be launched in Liangshan Prefecture, Sichuan Province in the autumn of 2005.

  • Johnson and Johnson has announced a 3-year partnership with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation to prevent the transmission of HIV from pregnant mothers to their infants in Hubei province and strengthen the health sector in China.

  • Gobon Guilin Latex is sponsoring a critically-acclaimed theatrical performance called Student Zhao Ping, showing in theaters and universities in Beijing, Shanghai, and other cities around the country to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS prevention. Gobon will also be supporting an art show at the China Millennium Monument in the fall as part of their longstanding partnership with the China Youth Development Foundation.

  • The National Basketball Association (NBA) is bringing Chinese superstar Yao Ming and its Basketball without Borders Camp to Beijing in July to help raise awareness among youth.

  • In June, Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide's Shanghai office is supporting the Asia Society on a project that includes an exhibition of documentary photography and other media, in addition to a symposium, to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS and to reduce stigma. The company is also working with Save the Children to help children made vulnerable or orphans by HIV/AIDS

  • Booz Allen Hamilton will provide pro-bono strategic management consulting services for China's Chi Heng Foundation to benefit AIDS orphans in China.

  • GBC and Horizon Research Group will conduct an annual public opinion survey to monitor public attitudes toward HIV/AIDS in China.

  • GlaxoSmithKline is working in partnership with TREAT Asia - a program of the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amFAR) - that seeks to fill the gap in knowledge around the proper, safe and effective use of HIV therapeutics in Asia.

    These commitments follow Vice Premier Wu Yi's call to action at the March 18th Ministry of Health and Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GBC) Joint Summit on Business and AIDS in China. "To prevent and control HIV/AIDS is not only the obligation of the Chinese government, but also the common responsibility of the entire society, including the business sector," the Vice Premier said.

    The Joint Summit brought together 450 senior representatives from Chinese and foreign governments, multinational companies and the media to discuss ways the private sector can support the People's Republic of China's national strategy for HIV/AIDS prevention and control. Participants worked through a draft Action Plan for Business and AIDS in China, developed by GBC and its longstanding member company Booz Allen Hamilton. Based on the collaborative input from the Joint Summit, GBC and Booz Allen presented the final Action Plan to Vice Minster of Health Wang Longde in a meeting today.

    Vice Minister Wang commended the GBC and participating companies, "The private sector is a vital partner, as businesses bring unique skills and assets to the fight against HIV/AIDS. It is critical to confront this disease from all sectors of society."

    Since the Summit, Beijing Air Catering Co. Ltd., China State-Owned Enterprise Investment Co., Horizon Research Group, Morgan Stanley, PFT Group, and Qingdao Double Butterfly have officially joined 200 GBC member companies already committed to the global fight against HIV/AIDS.

    GBC is supporting these and other GBC member companies in China with the development and implementation of their HIV/AIDS strategies. A GBC office in Beijing will also be opening in the upcoming months in office space donated by member company SOHU.com.

    About the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GBC)
    The Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GBC) is the pre-eminent organization leading the business fight against HIV/AIDS. The rapidly-expanding alliance of 200 international companies is dedicated to combating the AIDS epidemic through the business sector's unique skills and expertise. The mission of the GBC is to harness the power of the global business community to end the HIV/AIDS pandemic. For more information, please visit the GBC website at www.businessfightsaids.org, a global resource of company AIDS programs and a hub of information relevant to business concerned about AIDS.

    For more information please contact:
    Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GBC)
    Barbara Holmes (bholmes@businessfightsaids.org)
    +1 646 287-3803 (Mobile)
    +1 212 698-2120 (New York)

    For more information about the GBC's efforts in China, please contact:
    Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS China Working Group
    William Valentino (WV.ChinaBusinessAidsWorkgroup@gmail.com)
    Felicia Pullam (fpullam@apcochina.com) +86-10-6505-5127 ext 221

  • For more information, please contact:

    Barbara Holmes Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS
    Phone: +1-212-698-2120

    For more from this organization:

    GBCHealth

     

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