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AIDS-response Standard Organization

Category 1

This study examines the role of incentives in encouraging companies in Thailand to adopt workplace policies and programs that address stigma and discrimination and respond to the needs of workers for information and services. Companies agreeing to implement at least three HIV/AIDS workplace policies would receive a reduction of 5 to 10 percent off their group life insurance premiums from AIA, Thailand's largest insurance provider, if they were AIA clients. As the initiative evolved, TBCA introduced the additional incentive of a certificate endorsed by the government and awarded at a high-profile public ceremony.

Goal of the Practice
  • Companies were encouraged to adopt HIV and AIDS workplace policies. Companies that did so and met three key policy requirements could receive a 5 percent reduction in their health insurance costs.
  • A further reductions of up to 10 percent was awarded to companies that demonstrated a comprehensive workplace HIV/AIDS program for employees by adhering to the three basic policies and more.
Core Components
  • The three key policy requirements for the 5% reduction included: no testing of job applicants for HIV; no testing of employees for HIV; no dismissal of employees known to be HIV-positive because of their HIV status.
  • A further reduction of up to 10% was available to companies by: informing their employees of the company's HIV/AIDS policies; maintaining confidentiality of the HIV status of employees; providing assistance to HIV-positive employees; making training and information on HIV/AIDS available to employees, including promotion and distribution of condoms; being involved with HIV/AIDS activities in the wider community.
Noteworthy Results
  • ASO had a marked impact on the workplaces of participating companies, with 82 percent of companies improving their accreditation score between the two rounds. Overall, the mean total accreditation score increased from 37 to 51 points out of a maximum of 100.
Lessons Learned
  • Nearly 60 percent of the 125 company managers choosing to join ASO decided to participate because they felt a sense of responsibility to their workers and the wider community to do something about HIV/AIDS.
  • ASO allowed managers to find out how their HIV/AIDS policies and programs compare to those of other companies, and to better understand the disease and how employees may be at risk due to their behavior.
  • The most successful contact method of recruiting companies was approaching companies and individuals already known to TBCA.
Focus Areas
Policy
Implemented By
Horizons Program
Participating Organization
  • American International Assurance (AIA)
  • The Thailand Business Coalition on AIDS (TBCA)
  • AusAID
Region
Asia
Country
Thailand
Environment
Workplace
Setting
Other/Non-specified
Target Population
Adults (over 18)
Scope
5000 - 10000
Implementation Years
05/2000 - 04/2002