On December 1st, 2023, IBM and SAP will be hosting a #workingpositively Conference in honor of World AIDS Day. This conference will include corporate signers of the #workingpositively Pledge and prospective new signees. These companies will be able to network with each other at this event and share best practices for fostering diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in their workplaces for people living and working with HIV.
Carlhey Bolz (she/her), Deputy Director of Global Business Engagement on the Workplace Equality Team at the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, will be participating in a panel discussion on World AIDS Day and HIV in the global workplace. Overall, this conference will serve to re-invigorate previous signers of the #workingpositively Pledge and inspire new companies to commit to cultivating a more inclusive workplace.
Register for the virtual event here.
Learn more about the #workingpositively Pledge below.
2024 marks the 34th anniversary of the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), vital legislation establishing legal protections for people with disabilities including those living with HIV. These legal protections, while fundamental to creating an equitable playing field, do not end discrimination on their own. Rather, systemic education and training efforts are required to create lasting culture change to reduce bias and move towards inclusion.
Today, discrimination against people living with and impacted by HIV persists. Fear, stigma, and basic misinformation remain at the root of much of this discrimination and continue to drive exclusions from private and public sector employment opportunities.
Inclusive employers know that creating welcoming workplaces across a wide spectrum of workforce diversity is not only good business practice, but the right thing to do. Employers that create welcoming workplaces for people living with HIV stand to benefit in workforce recruitment and retention as well as increase employee engagement and productivity.
Here are a few remarks from leadership at our founding member companies: