Standard Chartered shares its award-winning ‘Living with HIV’ programme with Thai companies
Senior VP Corporate Affairs, Standard Chartered Bank
Standard Chartered continues its dynamic leadership role
in the fight against HIV/AIDS with the launch of a train-the-trainer
programme for employees of its business partners and corporate customers.
Last year Standard Chartered trained all of its 30,000 employees worldwide
using its award-winning “Living with HIV” staff peer education programme,
aimed at informing employees about the facts of HIV/AIDS, how it spreads,
how it can be prevented and how to care for those infected and affected.
Local employee champions who are culturally sensitive implement the
programme. The programme is simple, adapts well to various communities and
is successful in passing on the intended concept.
This year in Thailand, Standard Chartered will be working
with at least seven key Thai organizations including Asian Seafood
Coldstorage, BMW (Thailand) Co. Ltd, Boots Retail (Thailand) Ltd., Central
Group of Companies, Royal Garden Resort PCL., Thai Textile Industry Group,
and Unocal Thailand, Ltd. with the aim of covering over 25,000 additional
people in this innovative programme. A lack of knowledge about HIV is one of
the main reasons why the transmission rate has been so severe in Africa and
some parts of Asia. Cultural sensitivities often prevent an open discussion
on the subject.
Annemarie Durbin, CEO of Standard Chartered Nakornthon
Bank said: “Standard Chartered wants to bring discussions about HIV/AIDS
into the workplace to give employees the best information available. As one
of the world’s leading international banks with a footprint in Asia,
Africa and the Middle East, HIV/AIDS touches us nearly everyday. I am
delighted we have the opportunity to integrate best practice and share our
knowledge with leading companies in Thailand.” As part of its ongoing
campaign to encourage dialogue at the workplace on HIV /AIDS, Standard
Chartered hosted the inaugural “Meet the Leader Session” at the XV
International AIDS Conference that was held in Bangkok on Wednesday, July,
14 2004. Standard Chartered shared its views and perspectives on the role of
business in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Speakers from the bank were Kate
James, Group Head of Corporate Social Responsibility & Government
Affairs, based in London and Annemarie Durbin, Chief Executive Officer,
Standard Chartered Nakornthon Bank.
Standard Chartered has received worldwide recognition for
its employee education on HIV/ AIDS. The Bank received the Edelman Health
AIDS and Employment Award from the European Union in 2000 and a Commonwealth
Award in 2001 for “outstanding work on advocacy and education” regarding
HIV and AIDS. In 2003 the Bank received the Global Business Coalition on
HIV/AIDS Award for Business Excellence in the Workplace. In 2003, Standard
Chartered Nakornthon Bank received the Outstanding Company Award from the
Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Center. Standard Chartered employs 30,000
people in over 500 locations in more than 50 countries in the Asia Pacific
Region, South Asia, the Middle East, Africa, the United Kingdom and the
Americas. It is one of the world’s most international banks, with a
management team comprising 70 nationalities.
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