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SABCOHA aims to co-ordinate a private sector response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. It is a member-driven organisation and, since the beginning of 2007, its membership base has undergone significant growth, with several big corporates, medium-sized enterprises and smaller companies, including service providers, joining forces in the private sector initiative to combat HIV/AIDS.
One of the focus areas of the Second Private Sector Conference held in November 2008, was the need for greater collaboration between the Private Sector and other sectors. SABCOHA is currently engaging with the following sectors:;
Under the leadership of SABCOHA, the private sector has developed a unified response to combating HIV/AIDS through the Four Zeros Policy, namely:
SABCOHA strives to help companies, both large and small, in their efforts to combat the epidemic through workplace initiatives. The organised business environment offers a unique opportunity to target the millions of employees affected by the pandemic.
SABCOHA exists to mobilise and empower business in South Africa to take effective action on HIV/AIDS in the workplace and beyond.
SABCOHA seeks to mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS on sustained profitability and economic growth by:
Ensuring that business is a key part of an integrated effective national response to HIV/AIDs.
The seeds of SABCOHA were sown in 1997 after the launch of the Global Business Coalition. A few key individuals and companies perceived the need for a business response to the pandemic in South Africa and a board of governors was formed. These governors were: Clem Sunter (Anglo American), Gaby Magomola (Kgorong Investments), Leighton MacDonald (Mx Health), Nicholas Bicket (Old Mutual), Danisa Baloyi (National Black Business Caucus), Namane Magau (CSIR) and Phangisile Mtshali (Bristol Myers Squibb). The board was guided by a steering committee made up of key members of founding companies. In May 2001 the organisation was registered as a Section 21 company. Anglo American, BMW, Eskom, Metropolitan Life, Mx Health, Standard Chartered Bank and Unilever were the key founding companies.
SABCOHA's strategic goal is to co-ordinate the South African business sector in the development of strategies through its sub-committees to create a platform for high-level advocacy and leadership. The challenge of the steering committee and its various sub-committees is to develop policies and programmes based on universal good practice that can be applied both in and outside the workplace. Membership of SABCOHA is steadily growing, with smaller businesses now joining in increasing numbers. With its main office in Johannesburg, SABCOHA has now opened offices in the Eastern and Western Cape.
In October 2007, SABCOHA received funding to the tune of $8,5-million from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one of its international partners, to strengthen SMME workplace HIV responses. The funding - $1,7-million a year for the next five years - will give a massive boost to SABCOHA's SMME-related programmes. In addition, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) funds much of SABCOHAs operating expenses. Membership subscriptions, structured according to company size, cover the remaining costs. Other local and international donors fund specific projects.
SABCOHA is run by a CEO who reports to the Board of Governors. The board consists of representatives from member companies and other appropriate stakeholders and individuals.
SABCOHA is bound by its Articles of Association, which makes provision for a governing committee of at least five members appointed by the board. The committees role is to develop an agenda around businesss response to HIV/AIDS. For more details on the committee and to read SABCOHAs constitution in full click here.
Research and quality practices
Researching the impact of HIV on business is a key role of the organisation. SABCOHA collaborates with and supports local and international research institutions and projects to this end. It also funds the annual Bureau for Economic Research survey into The Impact of HIV/AIDS on Selected Business Sectors in South Africa". SABCOHA disseminates relevant research findings and practical company experiences to its member base and beyond. Boston University, HEARD and Wits Business School are among its key research partners.
The sharing of information, including formal research and practical workplace experience among its members is another key role of SABCOHA. Communication with members and stakeholders takes place via its website, regular meetings, workshops, breakfasts, newsletters, conferences and annual reports.
Establishing and maintaining strategic partnerships is critical if SABCOHA is to deliver on its mandate. By articulating the collective voice of business SABCOHA can effectively influence policy, change perceptions and lobby for change. Key partners include the government, global aid organisations, health councils, chambers of commerce and academic and research organisations. For more on SABCOHAS partners, click here
SABCOHAS programmes aim to empower its members and the broader community to plan for and effectively manage the impact of HIV/AIDS. Its major programmes include:
HIV/AIDS Workplace Toolkit a comprehensive HIV/AIDS workplace programme developed with funding from the British Department for International Development (DFID) and in partnership with Standard Bank and Unilever, the toolkit gives small and medium-size employers practical steps for setting up and managing an HIV/AIDS programme. Click here for more on the SABCOHA Toolkit.
Pan African Business Coalition - The PABC was launched in December 2005 to mobilise African business in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The formation of the PABC is part of a worldwide trend towards greater involvement of the private sector through business coalitions in fighting the pandemic. Click here for more on PABC.
SABCOHA's projects aim to empower its members and the broader community to plan for and effectively manage the impact of HIV/AIDS. Its major projects include:
SABCOHA - Business Strategy Plan
The needs, challenges and opportunities for action within business are fundamentally different for corporate, SME and micro enterprise sectors. There are also significant geographical and sectoral differences within the business community. SABCOHA must therefore develop strategies and programmes that are geared to the realities of a differentiated business sector.
In broadening our mandate in responding to this need we have addressed and clarified the internal processes we need in order to meet this challenge effectively. These include governance structures, membership involvement, resourcing and business processes.
Click here to download the : SABCOHA_Strategic_Plan_2011-2014_Draft_2_280911.pdf
Click here to download the SABCOHA Empowerdex Rating (August 2009) 44.92 Kb