Employers and their organizations

“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

Mobilizing enterprises

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: