Today, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation launched #WorkingPositively, a campaign that invites employers to commit to being visible role models in their support for HIV-positive employees.
The campaign first launched in Germany in June 2019 and has expanded to Austria, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and today, the United States. For the initial launch in the U.S., the Human Rights Campaign has partnered with IBM, SAP and Deutsche Aidshilfe. This campaign is a first-of-its-kind program that allows corporations to formally declare that they will work to end workplace discrimination against people living with HIV.
Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David will deliver remarks at a virtual launch event today at 11 AM ET followed by a panel session with representatives from SAP, IBM, Deutsche Aidshilfe and HRC’s Workplace Equality Director, Beck Bailey. Since its inception in Germany, over 100 companies have signed a declaration committing to ending workplace discrimination against people living with HIV.
Today, discrimination against people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS 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 the right thing to do, but is also good business practice. Employers that create welcoming workplaces for employees living with HIV or AIDS stand to benefit in workforce recruitment and retention as well as improve employee engagement and productivity.
In addition to IBM and SAP, HRC welcomes the following founding members of the WorkingPositively campaign in the U.S: Accenture, Cultural Vistas, Estée Lauder Companies, Gilead, Levi Strauss & Co. and TechData. The #WorkingPositively Pledge on behalf of HIV-positive employees asks companies to commit to creating safe, supportive and inclusive spaces for people living with HIV and other chronic illnesses. Signatories to the pledge commit to:
Fight stigma and promote open, respectful cooperation for people living with HIV and other chronic illnesses.
Welcome employees living with HIV who can be open about their HIV status without fear of reprisal.
Create opportunities for employees to engage with AIDS services and community-based organizations.
Honor privacy and never demand an HIV test during company medical examinations, or ask an employee to disclose their HIV status.
Promote their commitment internally with their employees and publicly share their organization’s commitment on social media.
For more information about the campaign and the pledge, visit this website.
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