“Employers are being challenged to manage the impact of HIV/AIDS in the workplace, which includes dealing with issues of stigma and discrimination, changing requirements for health-care benefits, training of replacement of staff, and loss of skills and knowledge among employees.”
Mr. Antonio Peñalosa, Secretary General, International Organization of Employers
Employers face the challenge of managing the impact of the epidemic at the workplace, including the loss of skilled and experienced employees, disruptions to production schedules, rising labour costs, and failing productivity.
With their organizational framework linking together affiliate and member companies and their ability to provide leadership, employers’ organizations are ideally situated to take action on HIV/AIDS.
The ILO works closely with employers’ organizations as representative bodies that can influence and provide links with a wider membership of enterprises.
Developing pioneering Public-Private-Partnerships
In collaboration with employers’ organizations, the ILO has mobilized the business community in more than 70 countries. Private sector companies have set up workplace policies and programmes. Replicable models of public-private partnerships in HIV prevention, treatment, care and support have been developed.
In addition to the ILO Code of Practice on HIV/AIDS and its Education and Training Manual, the ILO has developed a number of policy guidelines and tools to support the employers and their organizations in their initiatives including:
- A Training Manual for Enterprises on HIV/AIDS Workplace Policy and Programmes & Public-Private Partnerships
- Using the ILO Code of Practice and training manual - Guidelines for employers
- Helping micro and small enterprises cope with HIV/AIDS - A handbook for small business associations and service providers
- A workplace policy on HIV/AIDS: what it should cover
- Employers’ organizations and HIV/AIDS: information, tools and good practices in workplace action (available in CR-ROM)
- Tuberculosis: guidelines for workplace control activities
- HIV/AIDS Behaviour Change Communication – A toolkit for the workplace