- Expanded rapidly across a variety of countries with dramatically different HIV/AIDS epidemics including Belgium, Brazil, China, India, Mexico, Poland, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey and the U.K.
- Is on schedule to reach nearly 20 countries in 2010.
- Launched a new web site for employees that includes valuable information, resources and details of benefit plans: <http://www.hivaids.levi.com>
- Launched a first-of-its-kind global mechanism to ensure employees worldwide receive confidential reimbursement for HIV/AIDS testing, treatment and care - particularly where local health insurance markets exclude insurance coverage for HIV/AIDS.
- Launched HIV/AIDS education and prevention pilot initiative during the World Cup to reach youth who are dependants of Levi Strauss & Co. employees in South Africa through partnership with GrassrootSoccer.
- Extended best practices to the apparel industry by providing local suppliers in Mexico and South Africa, with Levi Strauss & Co. HIV/AIDS technical assistance and materials.
- Is actively engaging major corporations, insurance industry and health benefit thought leaders at the global level to persuade insurance companies to include or expand coverage for HIV/AIDS.
- Provided continued partnership and technical assistance to local non-governmental organizations to deliver HIV/AIDS workplace education at key Levi Strauss & Co. operations around the globe.
- Was invited to deliver five poster presentations at the International AIDS Conference in Vienna, Austria, July 2010
- To date, the program is active in every region where the company operates and has enrolled more than 3,000 retail, factory, warehouse, and office employees and managers.
- All LS&Co. factory employees received HIV/AIDS education and have access to HIV/AIDS services.
- LS&Co. successfully piloted global reimbursement mechanism in Poland and Turkey.
- LS&Co. improved access in highly affected settings, such as South Africa, to ensure that employees and dependants continue to receive lifesaving HIV/AIDS services and medication fully paid for by the company.
- LS&Co. executed second annual voluntary counseling and testing campaign in South Africa, where more than 75 percent of their employees were tested - one of the highest participation rates nationwide.
- Launched and structured an information-gathering process to clarify the history of LS&CO. efforts in workplace HIV/AIDS services to leverage opportunity for continued scale-up
- Designed a database to map current access to HIV/AIDS services through medical benefit offerings worldwide to consider opportunities to extend access through insurance mechanisms.
- Conducted an external benchmarking exercise to leverage best practices and highlight opportunities for LS&CO. to implement an effective program.
- Developed a cross-functional advisory team, sponsored by senior executives, with representatives from the company's offices of government affairs, public policy, human resources, community affairs, global sourcing and worldwide communications. Assigned responsibility for the program to a vice president in LS&CO.'s human resources department who met with HIV/AIDS experts to outline the desired qualifications for individuals to develop and implement the program.
- Developed job descriptions for two senior leaders to be hired into the human resources function to research, develop and implement the program on a global basis.
- Contracted with executive search firms specializing in connecting their clients with human resources and corporate citizenship professionals (Martha Montag Brown and Associates and Crowe - Innes and Associates) and posted the positions on Websites associated with the corporate citizenship, human resources, public policy and HIV/AIDS communities including Business for Social Responsibility, Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College, Global Health Council, and the Association of Schools of Public Health.
- Informed LS&CO. employees worldwide about the commitment made at the Clinton Global Initiative to provide a comprehensive HIV/AIDS treatment and care program for all LS&CO. employees and their dependents around the world.
- Informally solicited organizations such as the World Health Organization, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, World Bank's Multi-Country AIDS Program, Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS and Business for Social Responsibility for their partnership in the development of the program. The plan is to formalize a partnership with one or more of these organizations once the program's leaders have been hired and are in place at LS&CO.
- LS&CO. is the first apparel company to have a worldwide policy specific to HIV/AIDS in the workplace. LS&CO. global employees and their dependents are ensured access to HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care. Funding options have been developed to support employees and families when insurance or government programs are inadequate. The commitment's progresses are shared through intranet articles, driving employees to the HIV/AIDS Prevention, Treatment and Care internal site.
- LS&CO. produced a benchmark report on multinational corporations that are designing and implementing HIV/AIDS workplace programs. Abstracts from the report were featured in the 2008 International AIDS Conference and the 2008 International AIDS and Economics Network (IAEN) Symposium.
- LS&CO. has developed and launched employee training in partnership with local organizations in three pilot countries: UK, South Africa, and Mexico.