For more than 25 years, we have played a leading role in influencing the global public policy response to HIV/AIDS. We support initiatives to improve access to HIV/AIDS prevention, testing, treatment and care, and combat stigma and discrimination associated with HIV/AIDS.
As a company, we address HIV/AIDS from a variety of angles — engaging with policy makers and leaders, raising awareness among our employees and consumers, shaping and promoting best practices and partnering with community organizations and suppliers.
On the public policy front, we lead and participate in formal and informal discussions with governments and multilateral organizations such as the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. We are helping the U.S. Administration develop a national HIV/AIDS strategy, and have participated at the European Parliament in roundtable discussions on how stigma and discrimination impacts communities affected by HIV/AIDS.
On several occasions, we have represented the U.S. business community as part of a delegation to the International Labor Conference. We participated in the tripartite discussions at the International Labor Organization that led to the adoption of the ILO Code of Practice on HIV/AIDS and the World of Work and a new ILO recommendation on addressing HIV/AIDS in the World of Work.
In 2006, we made a Clinton Global Initiative commitment to revitalize and expand our employee HIV/AIDS workplace policies, education and benefits. Leading by example, we have created an HIV/AIDS treatment and care model that other global apparel companies may replicate or adopt.