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Business coalitions on HIV/AIDS gather in Brazil


On October 6 and 7 2008, UNAIDS and the Brazilian Business Council on HIV-AIDS Prevention (CEN) convened a regional workshop of business coalitions and initiatives from Latin America and the Caribbean in Sao Paulo.

At the workshop, participants discussed best practices, issues of funding, brainstormed on how to improve the coordination with labour unions and on how to optimise the integration of the private sector and workplace into national AIDS plans as well as the development of national HIV anti-discrimination workplace regulations. The workshop provided a forum for stakeholders working with business coalitions such as the ILO to reiterate the importance of the tripartite mechanism involving workers, employers and governments as well as to present the current process undertaken by the ILO leading towards a global standard on HIV/AIDS in the workplace in 2010.

This Business Coalition emerged to recognise the critical role that the private sector plays in the response to HIV, exchange experiences and discuss challenges and opportunities. AIDS has already claimed the lives of 25 million in the global workforce and remains a serious threat to business. Although some companies are already effectively addressing AIDS in the workplace, others simply do not know how or where to start mitigating risks. Business Coalitions facilitate ways to effectively address AIDS in the workplace and in their surrounding communities.