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India: A threat to economic ambition

Author: Jo Johnson, Financial Times, Published on: 1 December 2006

Corporate India has been slow to wake up to the fact that the spread of HIV/Aids will...hit the bottom line. “...when they see the palpable difference, they’ll start to act,” says Shefali Chaturvedi, director of the Confederation of Indian Industry’s social development and healthcare programme. The industry lobby group has so far managed to persuade only 600 of its 5,000 or so members to sign up to its HIV/Aids code. Many businesses have been reluctant to make such voluntary commitments to non-discriminatory treatment of HIV-positive employees, often because they fear lawsuits and because they are unable to recoup the cost of HIV/Aids related healthcare from company insurance policies... With more than 90 per cent of India’s workforce “unorganised”, big business-led initiatives struggle to spread the message to the bulk of the workforce... The government is calling on greater business involvement in a fight against HIV/Aids...

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