Submitted by HEINEKEN
At the Heineken HIV/AIDS symposium held in Amsterdam today, Jean-François van Boxmeer, Chairman of the Executive Board/CEO Heineken N.V., announced that the Heineken Africa Foundation (HAF) has initiated three new projects focused on HIV/AIDS in communities where the company operates.
Jean-François van Boxmeer commented: "These three new HIV/AIDS projects supported by the Heineken Africa Foundation will play a small but meaningful role in helping to continue the fight against the disease in Sub-Saharan Africa. They will help address the ongoing challenge of HIV/AIDS by increasing knowledge, extending preventive support and providing treatment to those who are suffering."
Under the theme "Sharing Responsibilities in the 'World of Work' in Africa," the Heineken HIV/AIDS symposium brought together leading figures from national government, NGOs, the public health community and industry to take stock, challenge conventional thinking and stimulate new ideas. The symposium reflected on three key issues: access to medication, resistance to treatment and the gap in funding.
Heineken was particularly honored by the participation in the symposium of Mr. Ben Knapen, the Netherlands Minister for European Affairs and International Co-operation. In his keynote speech "A Government Perspective," Mr. Knapen stressed the importance of initiatives such as the Heineken Africa Foundation:
"My government believes that public-private partnerships are an important tool in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Bringing together partners from both the public and private sectors creates the synergy and leverage we need in order to step up our efforts."
Other expert speakers participating in the symposium were:
In addition to Chairman/CEO Jean-François van Boxmeer, other Heineken employees presenting at the symposium were Tom de Man, Regional President Africa & Middle East, Hans van Mameren, General Manager Bralima, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Dr. Stefaan Van der Borght, Director Global Health Affairs.
On March 30, Dr. Van der Borght successfully defended his doctoral thesis "Making HIV programmes work. The Heineken workplace programme to prevent and treat HIV infection 2001 - 2010" at the University of Amsterdam.
A replay of the HIV/AIDS symposium's webcast, as well as additional information on the Heineken Africa Foundation is available on the Heineken International website: www.heinekeninternational.com/web+casts+press.aspx.
The HIV/AIDS symposium is part of the "Heineken Cares" initiative, under the umbrella of the company's long-term sustainability approach "Brewing a Better Future".
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Launched in 2010 'Brewing a Better Future' is HEINEKEN's long-term sustainability ambition for 2020. 22 integrated programmes make up the ambition, focussing on improving the environmental impact of HEINEKEN's brands and business, empowering people and the communities in which HEINEKEN operates and positively impacting the role of beer in society.Amongst the commitments Heineken has made as part of its approach to sustainability are:
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