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Employer’s Pledge on HIV in the Workplace
On 28 January 2019 news broke that a criminal act resulted in personal data of over 14,000 persons diagnosed with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in Singapore being leaked into the public domain. The Ministry of Health of Singapore acknowledged the incident and has offered assistance to affected individuals.
Channel News Asia reported on 29 January that persistent social stigma, ignorance and a lack of legal safeguards leaves many HIV-positive Singaporeans vulnerable to discrimination, especially in employment.
In an effort to bring peace of mind in a time of crisis, Action for AIDS, Oogachaga, Project X, The T Project, in collaboration with Be Inclusive, call on the business leaders of Singapore to demonstrate their commitment to workplaces that are inclusive, where employees are protected from stigma and discrimination.
We ask employers to pledge that:
HIV status alone is not grounds for a person’s dismissal from employment;
Support will be provided to any employee who suffers harassment or discrimination on the basis of their HIV status;
Education initiatives that reduce HIV stigma and discrimination in Singapore will be undertaken, such as the Guidelines for Managing HIV/AIDS in the Workplace from the Singapore National Employers Federation.
We empathise with the individuals who are suffering as a result of this criminal act. With the business and community sector working together, ignorance and misinformation will not be allowed to win the day.
Visit the AfA website to find:
Contact details for support services;
Hotlines for reporting instances of unfair dismissal or discrimination;
Details about the emergency care fund; and more.
A collaboration with Action for AIDS (AfA), Oogachaga, Project X, The T Project and Be Inclusive.
Companies who signed the Employer’s Pledge on HIV in the Workplace
Peter Low & Choo LLCc
Hoods Inc Productions
Doctors Clinic and Surgery
Wood & Wood
Action For AIDS Singapore
Brain Juice Collective
The Hungry Lab
Green and Infinite Alternatives
ExtraOrdinary Horizons (Deaf Singapore)
The Daily Cut, Muchachos and the Teyst Group
Qu'est-ce Que C'est Design
Pixel and Code
ALPS Global Logistics
Private Affair Tailor
Taste of Tradition
Blue Totem Communications
The T Project
Jones The Grocer
Dr Tan & Partners
The Chope Group
Vickers Capital Group
The Orange PRess
Levi Strauss Asia Pacific Division Pte Ltd
Tiger Tiger Pictures
Google Asia Pacific
The China Navigation Company
Free Community Church
The Creative Voice