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Membership growth critical to SABCOHA’s sustainability
Retention and growth of our membership base remains a strategic focus area because the sustainability of SABCOHA depends on this more than any other source of funding. Member contributions to SABCOHA’s mission cannot be underestimated and remain fundamental to our ability to deliver on our mandate, while keeping pace with the expectations of stakeholders and the rapidly expanding workload.
Since the beginning of 2007, SABCOHA’s 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.
An external organisational review of SABCOHA in 2009 identified the global financial crisis and the expectation of members to receive direct benefit for their fees as two serious challenges to sustaining membership support. In August 2009, SABCOHA restructured its categories of financial contributions into sponsors and members, enabling self-selected and customised support options with increased status and recognition.
Membership means renewable annual financial contributions for the collective effort and achievement of organisational objectives. Members can formally participate in organisational structures and influence the organisational priorities.
Sponsorship is a once-off financial contribution over which the sponsor may specify terms and conditions for use and require direct reporting.
There are different levels for both membership:
Why should I join?
The organised business environment offers a unique opportunity to target millions of employees affected by HIV and AIDS. SABCOHA aims to mobilise, empower and coordinate a unified business sector response to the epidemic. To this end, SABCOHA strives to help companies, both large and small, in their efforts by implementing specific workplace interventions.
As a member or sponsor of SABCOHA you can participate in these initiatives that provide both the skills and the knowledge to manage HIV and AIDS in the workplace. Being a member/sponsor of SABCOHA allows you to benefit from discounts from service providers and suppliers and offers a platform to learn from and engage with other members and experts in the field. Furthermore, SABCOHA membership affords your company the opportunity to be part of the broader business sector response, advocating for change in national policies when necessary and collaborating with other sectors and national, provincial and district AIDS structures.
Top 10 reasons to become a SABCOHA member:
Because we are a member-driven organisation, all members can vote candidates to the board and participate in sub-committees. Representatives from any member company may be elected as governors. Members have the unique opportunity to develop and participate in projects in the workplace and broader business sector. SABCOHA has a main office in Johannesburg and a provincial structure in the Northern and Western Cape.
Membership to SABCOHA offers unprecedented opportunities to network with leading players in the field of HIV, as well as with colleagues from diverse business environments who are addressing similar challenges in many different ways. Members are invited to attend monthly breakfasts hosted by us. Networking is also facilitated by a more structured and coordinated response to HIV/AIDS in the workplace.
We offer members access to the latest research and best practice models for workplace programmes. By adopting SABCOHA’s minimum best practice and quality assurance standards, as well as its code of ethics, members can be sure that their programmes meet industry standards.
Lobbying and Funding
Being under the umbrella of SABCOHA offers members the opportunity to speak with one voice around HIV/AIDS and to lobby more effectively, therefore, around issues of governance, policy and law. Membership also facilitates the unlocking of funds from donor organisations.
Members receive various services and resources at reduced prices, including the SABCOHA Workplace HIV/AIDS Toolkit; attendance at the bi-annual Private Sector Conference on HIV/AIDS; various courses and training programmes offered by our affiliates; and products or services in the fields of HIV and AIDS.
Companies will receive appropriate acknowledgement for any sponsorship or project/programme support. Companies can also publish case studies on the SABCOHA website.
How to join
Simply fill in a membership application form 2013 , and email or fax form and proof of payment to SABCOHA.