Businesses pledge to end HIV stigma and discrimination on World AIDS Day

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Facing AIDS - World AIDS day 2008Today on the 20th World AIDS day, over 100 companies pledged to fight HIV/AIDS discrimination and stigma in the workplace.

While there has been progress in the past 20 years, discrimination unfortunately continues. Individuals experience social isolation, ridicule, and are often refused employment or fired from their jobs.

From the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria:

“These CEOs are sending a powerful signal to employees and their families, communities and stakeholders that their companies care and are doing their part to end stigma around HIV/AIDS. CEO leadership through the pledge is also sending a message to the public health community that we’re in this fight together.”

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), discrimination and stigma are among the many reasons why people are reluctant to be tested, disclose their HIV status or take antiretroviral drugs, contributing to the overall expansion of the epidemic.

Among the more notable businesses signing the pledge:

Chevron Corporation
The Coca-Cola Company
Home Box Office (HBO)
Nike, Inc.

A complete list of businesses can be found here.

Post by ILO on 12/01/08 at 7:30 am