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Business has a vital role to play in fighting Aids

Author: Richard Holbrooke, former US ambassador to the United Nations, is president and chief executive officer of the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS; Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, chairman of Anglo-American, is chairman of GBC, Published on: 22 May 2006

Most companies in the world are understandably reluctant to link their name with the fight against a fatal disease. But the dramatic expansion of the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GBC), now the world's largest organisation of businesses committed to fighting Aids, shows that corporate attitudes are starting to change. Five years ago, the coalition had only 15 members. Today it has 220 members, headquartered in 30 countries, employing over 11m people in more than 200 countries. [refers to Anglo-American, De Beers, Eskom, Viacom/MTV, Reuters, TV5, Time Warner, BBC World Service Trust, Disney, Independent News and Media, Kerzner International, Virgin, United Airlines, Accor, American Express, L'Oréal, Merck, NBA, Unilever, Tea Kenya, Xstrata]

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Related companies: Accor American Express Anglo American De Beers (part of Anglo American) Eskom L'Oreal Merck MTV (part of Viacom) Reuters (part of Thomson Reuters) Time Warner Unilever United Airlines (part of United Continental) Viacom Virgin Group Xstrata (part of Glencore)