HIV infection is one of the most health concerns worldwide. It has been estimated that about 46 million (2005) was infected with HIV with the yearly increase of 5.5 million new cases. Working age group is mostly affected.
It's a substantial threat with enormous human impact and social, economic and risks that directly affect the employees as well as the business.
The effective and proper strategy should be planned for the business to cope with this challenge. The measures should extend from prevention to treatment with the preservation of individual's confidentiality and acceptance of diversity to ensure that the workforce are well protected, educated and would receive the adequate medical care if needed.
This paper will describe the measures and experience in implementing the HIV/AIDS program in Chevron Thailand
HIV/AIDS - A Company Perspective
HIV infection is one of the most serious health concerns worldwide. It has been estimated that there are approximately 40 million people living with HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS/WHO-November 2006).
With 56,000 employees in approximately 180 countries, the widespread impact of HIV/AIDS presents a direct threat not only to the Chevron employees, but also to long-term business interests.
Typically striking people between the ages of 20 and 40, this disease threatens the sustainability of the workforce by attacking one of the most productive segments. Those who contract the disease are our co-workers, our friends and, in some cases, our relatives.
Helping to combat HIV/AIDS is one of the clearest examples of how Chevron's long-term business interests and commitment to corporate social responsibility are intrinsically linked. With operations in some of the countries most severely affected by this health crisis - investing in and implementing a Global HIV/AIDS Policy is without question an important social responsibility.
Implementation of the company's HIV/AIDS policy began more than a decade ago in South Africa, Nigeria and Angola and was developed in conjunction with various independent experts and agencies. In 2005, the HIV/AIDS program was extended to Chevron operations worldwide.
The objectives of the Chevron Global HIV/AIDS Policy are:
To prevent new infections
To support those who are infected or affected
To reduce the stigma of HIV in the workplace.
To accomplish these objectives, the key provisions of the policy include:
Avoiding pre-employment HIV testing and not basing employment decisions on HIV status
Providing treatment and support
Developing local partnerships
Conducting workplace and community outreach programs.
Thailand, with a population of 64 million, was estimated to have 580,000 people living with HIV/AIDS at the end of 2005 (UNAIDS/WHO- 2006). The majority of those infected were adults at the primary working age of 15 to 49 (ILO).
Chevron is one of the major oil and gas companies in Thailand with approximately 1500 employees and 3500 contractors. The company has launched a strategy in line with the global policy to cope with this challenge.