CEOs from the world’s leading companies, including Levi Strauss & Co., The Coca-Cola Company, Johnson & Johnson, Aetna, H&M and more, call on 46 countries to repeal HIV-related travel restrictions. Conference in Washington, DC, where 30,000 people from 200 countries are meeting from July 22-27. United States for the first time in 22 years because in 2010 President Obama lifted the US travel ban against people living with HIV, the same year that China ended its travel ban.
Levi Strauss & Co.’s CEO Chip Bergh was the first to sign. "HIV-related travel restrictions not only hurt individuals, they also hurt businesses,” Bergh said. “In today’s competitive landscape where global business travel is essential, we need to be able to send our talent and skills where they’re needed...Travel restrictions for people living with HIV are blatant discrimination,” said Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Unite. “Everyone should have a chance to travel freely. Treatment has allowed people with HIV to live fully productive lives and these laws and policies are downright archaic. I urge governments around the world to repeal their bans and encourage business leaders to join me in taking a stand."
Most HIV-related travel restrictions were imposed by governments in the early days of the epidemic when ignorance and fear surrounded the transmission of HIV and treatment did not exist. They are discriminatory and violate international human rights standards...Day 2012 on December 1st.
“The private sector can influence these governments to do the right thing,” Schreiber said. “We call on CEOs to show your leadership by joining the pledge to end discrimination of people with HIV.”
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Below are CEOs who have signed as of 19 July, 2012:
Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, Group Managing Director/CEO, Access Bank Plc
Mark Bertolini, Chairman, CEO and President, Aetna
Cynthia Carroll, Chief Executive, Anglo American plc
Vincent A. Forlenza, Chairman of the Board, CEO and President, BD
Debra Lee, Chairman & CEO, BET Networks
Lamberto Andreotti, CEO, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Muhtar Kent, Chairman of the Board and CEO, The Coca-Cola Company
Bong Yong Dam, CEO, Hub One International Company Ltd.
Alex Gorsky, CEO, Johnson & Johnson
Kenneth Cole, Chairman and Chief Creative Officer, Kenneth Cole Productions
Chip Bergh, President & CEO, Levi Strauss & Co.
Kenneth C. Frazier, Chairman, President & CEO, Merck & Co.
Heather Bresch, CEO, Mylan
David J. Stern, Commissioner, National Basketball Association (NBA)
Blake Nordstrom, President, Nordstrom, Inc.
Douglas A. Michels, President & CEO, OraSure Technologies, Inc.
Mikkel Vestergaard Frandsen, CEO, Vestergaard Frandsen
Richard Branson, Founder, Virgin Unite
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