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The business side of AIDS

Post by Andy Jeninga

No one is going to say, "18 percent of your work force has got HIV, oh bad luck, have a tissue" -- this plant's got to run, there are trains waiting.These are the words of John Standish-White, the manager of South African mining giant Anglo American's Goedhoop mining facility. His words reflect the attitude among many managers in regions of the developing world ravaged by HIV/AIDS: the show must go on.

As large multi-national corporations expand further around the world in search of cheap labor, developed world ideologies are beginning to directly confront developing world problems, particularly HIV/AIDS. The August 5th edition of the Globe and Mail provides an excellent overview of HIV programs in the corporate world, with a focus on the ARV programs of Anglo American and Daimler Chrysler.