Working together with businesses to strengthen non-discriminatory policy at the workplace

As a follow-up to the commitment of the Indonesia Employers’ Association (Apindo) in implementing HIV prevention programme, the ILO and Apindo trained representatives of companies to strengthen their strategies and actions on non-discriminatory policy at the workplace.

News | Jakarta, Indonesia | 29 April 2019
The testimony from Ibrahim Hidayat, HRD Staff of PT Mayasari Bakti, a leading land transportation company

“What should we do if we learn that one of our staff is HIV positive? What actions should be taken as part of the non-discriminatory policy? Could the management terminate a staff who is found to be HIV positive? These were some key questions posed and discussed by representatives of 10 multinational companies during the five-day Training of Trainers (ToT) on HIV Prevention Programme at the Workplace in Bogor last April. These key questions were part of the participatory training materials together with workplace case studies, testimonies and practical sessions.

The ToT was jointly conducted by the ILO and the Indonesia Employers’ Association (Apindo), as an immediate follow-up to the Apindo’s commitment in December 2018, urging its member companies to implement HIV prevention programme in their companies to eliminate stigma and discrimination against workers with HIV. The ToT was also conducted as part of the Apindo’s support and contribution to the celebration of the ILO’s 100th anniversary this year.

The testimony from Evi Rosianita R., Corporate HSE System Specialist of PT Harmoni Panca Utama, a mining company

The targeted companies for the ToT included companies under the 4M criteria—Mobile Men with Money in Masculine Environment. The targeted sectors covered construction, mining, metal, agriculture as well as health and tourism.

“A significant action is needed to improve the capacity of Apindo members and representatives of companies to develop a non-discriminatory policy on HIV and to provide assistance of referral system to access HIV treatment by linking it to HIV service providers,” explained Early Nuriana Dewi, the ILO’s programme officer for HIV and AIDS.

The testimony from Wagimin, Benefit Specialist of PT Hero Supermarket TBK

In addition to HIV educational sessions, the ToT’s sessions included learning session on strategy on HIV prevention programme at the workplace in which the participating companies were presented with real workplaces, were familiarized with lessons learnt on HIV related issues at the workplace and were coached to develop non-discriminatory programmes at the workplace.

The ToT concluded with the development of workplan by each participating company. “The developed workplan will be used as the basis for the development of a non-discriminatory policy at the company, including the HIV educational sessions in the company working environment,” Early added.