DaimlerChrysler resolves guidelines for combating HIV/AIDS in the workplace

Stuttgart, 12/02/2005 –

DaimlerChrysler CEO Prof. Jürgen E. Schrempp and Board Member for Human Resources Günther Fleig have signed guidelines for combating HIV/AIDS in the workplace. “HIV/AIDS is a topic in the workplace because it affects both our employees and our company. At DaimlerChrysler, we are actively addressing the topic of HIV/AIDS in order to contain the further spreading of this terrible illness”, said Prof. Jürgen E. Schrempp, who has been personally involved in the fight against HIV/AIDS for many years.

In five guidelines the company speaks out against the discrimination of HIV/AIDS, safeguards confidentiality to sufferers and lobbies for prevention measures. “In the spirit of decency, respect for the human rights and dignity of persons infected or affected by HIV/AIDS, DaimlerChrysler will enforce a zero tolerance policy regarding discriminateon or harassment against workers on the basis of real or perceived HIV/AIDS statuts”, state the guidelines. Furthermore, DaimlerChrysler recommends voluntary consultations and tests, but stresses that: “Employees and applicants for employment will not be subject to testing for HIV.” Where sufferers are concerned, the following applies: “Employees with HIV/AIDS have a right to privacy and confidentiality regarding their condition.” The company also attaches importance to the provision of information on the transmission and prevention of HIV/AIDS.

In Germany, the topic of HIV/AIDS has again become alarmingly current: a total of 1,164 newly diagnosed HIV infections were reported to the Robert Koch Institute in the first half of 2005. This is the highest figure since the start of the statistics in 1996 and an increase of 20% against the same period of the previous year. Consequentially, DaimlerChrysler has integrated the topic of “HIV/AIDS prevention” into its professional training schemes. Trainees are provided with well-founded knowledge on HIV/AIDS via group talks and presentations in order to sensitize their personal behavior when confronted with the illness. As a founder member, DaimlerChrysler provides regular support to the German AIDS foundation, Deutsche AIDS-Stiftung, including sponsorship of the annual festive opera gala in the Deutsche Oper in Berlin.

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