Standard Chartered has partnered with AIESEC, the world's largest student exchange organization, training AIESEC members to offer the workshops to their fellow university students. With guidance from the World Economic Forum's Global Health Initiative, Standard Chartered is also preparing to roll out 'Living with HIV' to SME customers and suppliers in the Bank's 56 markets. Pilots in Tanzania, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong and Nepal offer models for partnership.
Although Standard Chartered is a British bank, only 1,300 of its 50,000 employees are based in the UK. The focus of its business is in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Many of these markets have high or increasing HIV infection rates, and the battle against HIV/AIDS is one that the Bank fights every day. For example, in Zambia, the Bank estimates that 16% of its employees are infected with HIV, with a cost to the business of approximately ,000 per year. Standard Chartered's response to HIV/AIDS is borne out of a commercial imperative - to ensure a healthy and stable workforce and a sustainable business.
Since 2003, the Bank has ensured all of its 50,000 employees in more than 50 countries know the facts about HIV/AIDS, how it spreads, how it can be prevented and how to care for those who are infected or affected by HIV. Standard Chartered has also engaged its customers, suppliers and other key stakeholders by raising awareness in their organisations and assisting them to roll out their own HIV/AIDS programs.
Much of the success of Standard Chartered's program can be attributed to its volunteer HIV Champions, who conduct 'Living with HIV' peer education workshops. The volunteers represent a cross section of the organisation and provide confidential counsel for employees who have questions about the disease.
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