CEO's call for an end to travel restrictions on people with HIVListen /
Ahead of World AIDS Day, December 1, more than 40 Chief Executive Officers have signed an unprecedented pledge urging the repeal of laws and policies in 45 countries that still deport, detain or deny entry to people solely because they are living with HIV.
The CEOs represent nearly two million employees in industries from banking to mining, travel to technology. They include companies like Johnson & Johnson, The Coca-Cola Company, Pfizer, Heineken, Merck, the National Basketball Association, Kenya Airways and Thomson Reuters.
"HIV travel restrictions are discriminatory and bad for business," said Chip Bergh, President & CEO of Levi Strauss & Co. Global business leaders are coming together to make sure “we end these unreasonable restrictions “.
The CEO pledge is an initiative of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), Levi Strauss & Co. and GBCHealth, a coalition of companies that address global health challenges.
The Executive Director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibe says "Restrictions on entry, stay and residence for people living with HIV are discriminatory and a violation of human rights," adding that "Every individual should have equal access to freedom of movement”.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.