STANDARD Chartered Bank (SCB) Brunei observed World AIDS Day yesterday as part of their sustainability programme, ‘Living with HIV’, with the theme ‘Positive Living’, by encouraging all staff to don red ribbons for a staff photo competition.
Marilyn Graeme, Senior Corporate Affairs Manager of SCB and one of the Bank’s HIV Champions, said, “Living with HIV (LwHIV) is one of the bank’s longest-running and most successful community investment programmes. This year marks the 15th year since the programme began, with the first-ever education programme in Nigeria.”
She further added, “The ‘Positive Living’ campaign is about encouraging the bank’s staff to change their perspective of HIV and AIDS, and therefore their behaviour. It aims to address the stigma and discrimination that still surround the disease. Education is crucial in the prevention of HIV spreading, thus enabling people to make better informed choices over their lifestyles.”
Launched in 1999, LwHIV has focused on educating people on how to prevent HIV and AIDS.
The education programmes under the bank’s sustainability umbrella promotes social and economic development, focusing on health, youth and financial education.
The programmes are aimed at staff, customers and clients, suppliers and vendors, and are facilitated by a global network of passionate and dedicated employee volunteers known as LwHIV Champions.
The LwHIV programme is a peer-to-peer education initiative that focuses on the sharing of accurate information about the disease and through this platform, Standard Chartered Bank continues to ensure 100 per cent of its staff members are educated on HIV.