Government-linked companies (GLC) and multinational corporations (MNC) throughout Malaysia. One of the long term target for MBCH is the legislation of HIV/AIDS workplace policy by 2020. The Bill will be sponsored by the Ministry of Human Resource with backing by MAF and MBCH members. In order for this to take place, we need to demonstrate to our lawmakers that our effort received backings by major Malaysian employers; both GLCs and MNCs with strong operation in Malaysia. We really need the strong corporate support to rally behind us for this extremely important endeavour that will create a lasting impact on the livelihood of People Living with HIV (PLHIV) in Malaysia.
PETRONAS PETRONAS is one of the long standing partners of the Malaysian AIDS Foundation (MAF). It is currently an esteemed member of Corporate Advisor for MBCH. In its capacity as the corporate partner and advisor for MBCH, PETRONAS has collaborated with MAF, the Malaysian AIDS Council (MAC), the Department of Safety and Health (DOSH), Malaysia’s Ministry of Health and other partner organizations. The advocacy work of the MBCH paved the way for PETRONAS’ adoption of a comprehensive HIV/AIDS workplace policy. The PETRONAS HIV/AIDS Policy marked a watershed in the corporate sector response to HIV, as it eliminates the need for job applicants or employees of PETRONAS to undergo a HIV test. This HIV/AIDS policy adoption by PETRONAS, as Malaysia’s oil and gas industry leader, sets the standard for future policy development by other players in the industry, in both Malaysia as well as globally. This enables PETRONAS to carry out peer to peer mentoring activities for not only other oil and gas companies, but also for other industries in the region who wish to adopt a safe HIV/AIDS workplace policy at their workplace. Peer to peer mentoring by PETRONAS covers: 1) Sharing best practice in HIV/AIDS management 2) Development of workplace policy 3) Assists in implementation of programs in companies Yayasan Sime Darby (YSD) YSD is currently the largest corporate partner of the Malaysian AIDS Foundation (MAF). Their CSR contributions for the past 5 years has exceeded RM5.8 million, with a focus in the areas of Advocacy and Treatment, Care and Support Programmes. YSD is also a Major Corporate Advisor for MBCH. YSD also assists in advocacy efforts that promote national policy changes to protect basic rights and improve the quality of life of the disadvantaged. Through programme sponsorships, YSD assists the marginalized PLHIV community by increasing access to treatment. Through advocacy efforts, the stigma and prejudice against PLHIV is curbed for the benefit of curbing the spread of the disease. YSD’s contributions continues to become the catalyst for involvement of other corporate bodies, private companies and media organizations in national HIV/AIDS advocacy efforts and harm reduction programmes.