COLOGNE, Germany - Ford of Germany is backing a campaign to eradicate discrimination against people with HIV as part of World AIDS Day which takes place on December 1st.
“World AIDS Day is a reminder that all must work to ensure that all - HIV-positive and HIV-negative - can live together,” said Brigitte Kasztan, Diversity Manager of Ford Werke GmbH, and Ford of Europe.
A study commissioned by the Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung (BZgA) revealed that 61per cent of HIV positive respondents conceal their infection in the workplace, often out of fear of discrimination.
Seventy seven per cent of those surveyed also said they had experienced HIV discrimination in everyday life in the past year.
Promoting integration and inclusion is a cornerstone of Ford-Werke GmbH’s corporate culture and a key reason why the company is a partner of the World AIDS Day Campaign – Positive Living Together.
Ford will be distributing materials at canteens in Cologne and Saarlouis to raise awareness of the campaign, and to set an example for tolerance.
“Ford offers interested and affected employees a variety of information and tools on this subject,” said Dr. Bernd Kämmerer, Director Health Services Europe. “We advise employees and provide medical assistance at external expertise centers. We also assist in the workplace too through a coordinated approach involving supervisors, HR, Works Council, health insurance, representative body for disabled employees, IMBA integration team and external agencies."