Governance

One of the most significant obstancles to responding effectively to the AIDS pendemic is inadequate accountability and leadership.

AIDS Accountability International (AAI) is currently developing a scientifically based independent assessment tool to measure progress towards agreed targets.

AIDS Accountability International (AAI)

aai-logo-smallAIDS Accountability International’s (AAI) overall mission is to help improve the quality of the global response to AIDS and ensure its implementation by holding key actors accountable for their promises and performance. AAI will achieve this by rating country performances, and in turn, governments, private sector, donors and civil society performances, on an annual basis

Through AHI’s rating initiatives the organisation intends to:

Encourage debate and dialogue in the scientific, expert and political communities as well as in civil society more broadly, regarding the complex factors driving the disease as well as how best to respond to it.

Analyse existing data and make more reliable data available to a broad range of stakeholders.

Provide tools for advocacy that can identify and compare international, regional and national efforts, as well as highlight where changes are needed if progress is to be made.

Contribute to shifting the global HIV leadership paradigm to the epicentre of the HIV pandemic by co-ordinating and enabling capacity in high-burden countries and facilitating global recognition of nationals as legitimate authorities and leaders.

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Global Reporting Initiative

In adopting the GRI reporting principles (the Global Reporting Initiative’s 11 reporting principles seen as crucial for an organisation to reflect its economic, social and environmental performance in a balanced way), members can show that they comply with reporting standards. SABCOHA can help member companies to implement these guidelines pertaining to their interventions around HIV/AIDS, and, where appropriate, communicate this information to the business community.

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King Report on Corporate Governance

The Second King Report on Corporate Governance has also included a number of new non-financial risk factors that are required to be reported to stakeholders. HIV/AIDS is one such factor and the report provides an excellent succinct set of recommendations. Less than 40% of companies surveyed are reporting on HIV/AIDS – in line with the number of companies that appear to have implemented HIV/AIDS programmes.

South African Bureau of Standards

Those running HIV/AIDS workplace programmes will now be in a position to measure them against an official set standard that charts the way for ongoing improvement in the pursuit of best practice.

The South African Bureau of Standards has now published SANS 16001, the HIV and AIDS workplace quality management system designed to give companies a benchmark against which to voluntarily measure their HIV/AIDS programmes.

Once a company has decided to use the standard as the benchmark against which their programme will be measured, there will be a set of absolute requirements that they will have to achieve. These requirements will achieve specific outcomes through actions deemed to be in line with currently accepted good practice and must be objectively verifiable by a suitably qualified auditor.

If the company is found to be compliant with the standard requirements, the auditor will recommend the company for certification.

The standard requires that the company commits to continuous improvement and is compatible with ISO 90001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001.

SABS CEO Martin Kuscus said at the launch in 2007: “I am proud that the SABS has produced and published this standard, which will help make it possible for businesses and organisations throughout South Africa to better manage the impact of HIV/AIDS on their enterprises.”

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SABCOHA is pleased to announce that the two winners of the “Implementation of SANS 16001” competition that was run earlier this year have now completed their free courses. Jill Cawse of Jill Cawse & Associates, a Port Elizabeth-based operation providing training and other services for HIV/AIDS workplace programmes, won the place on the 5-day ‘SANS 16001 Auditors Course’ while Joy Beckett qualified and won the place on the 3-day ‘Implementation of SANS 16001 in the Workplace Course’.

The “Implementation of SANS 16001” competition was aimed at organisations that wish to implement SANS 16001 and align their HIV workplace programme to SANS 16001.

The SANS 16001 auditor training competition was aimed at HIV & AIDS service providers (consultants) who wish to audit their clients against SANS 16001.

Said SABCOHA CEO Brad Mears: “This is part of SABCOHA’s effort to engage businesses large and small to implement the Standard to ensure that we’re involved in the continuous process of improvement with regard to workplace programmes.”

The standard, which can be bought from the SABS (see details below) or from their website is based on the SANS 9001/ISO 9001 and SANS 14000/ISO 14000 series of management standards.

At the launch SABCOHA CEO Brad Mears said the new private sector strategy developed within NEDLAC called for, among other things, stronger monitoring and evaluation. “The implementation of the standard leads the way in ensuring that perhaps one of the most critical components of the National Strategic Plan is strengthened – namely monitoring and evaluation.

“For the first time in our response to the epidemic, we now have a set of indicators against which we can measure our responses to HIV,” said Mears.

The standard has been designed to be compatible with SANCS 9001/ISO 9001; SANS 14001/ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001, “thus granting organisations the opportunity to carry out integrated auditing against all four standards,” said Smith.

The introduction to the standard, a 20-page document, stresses that the success of an HIV and AIDS management system rests on commitment from all levels in an organisation, particularly top management.

“Stakeholders who know that an organisation in which they have a vested interest has successfully implemented this standard can feel assured that an appropriate HAMS (HIV and AIDS management system) is in place and that the organisation works towards setting and achieving enterprise-wide risk management and social responsibility objectives,” reads the introduction. – SABCOHA

To purchase the standard:

Tel: 012-428-6883
Fax: 012-428-6928
Email: sales@sabs.co.za sales@sabs.co.za
Webstore

For more information on the standard contact:

Irma Loots at SABS:
Tel: 012-428-6379
Fax: 012-428-6368
Email: lootsi@sabs.co.za lootsi@sabs.co.za

Linzi Smith, Education, Training and Counselling
Tel: 011-640-7410
Cell:083-631-6667

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Those running HIV/AIDS workplace programmes will now be in a position to measure them against an official set standard that charts the way for ongoing improvement in the pursuit of best practice.

The South African Bureau of Standards has now published SANS 16001, the HIV and AIDS workplace quality management system designed to give companies a benchmark against which to voluntarily measure their HIV/AIDS programmes.

The standard was launched at a breakfast function in Sandton on Wednesday this week. SABS CEO Martin Kuscus said: “I am proud that the SABS has produced and published this standard, which will help make it possible for businesses and organisations throughout South Africa to better manage the impact of HIV/AIDS on their enterprises.”

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The standard, which can be bought from the SABS (see details below) or from their webstore is based on the SANS 9001/ISO 9001 and SANS 14000/ISO 14000 series of management standards that was initially developed and published by NOSA (National Occupational Safety Association) and Debswana Diamond Company Ltd as AMS 16001:2003: “Standard for HIV and AIDS management system specification document.” This standard was developed after research showed that mining was the sector most impacted on by HIV/AIDS of all business sectors.

However this standard focused more on “the risk of employees becoming infected at work”, said Linzi Smith, managing director of Education, Training and Counselling, who helped develop the new standard, adding that it was well-known that “the majority of HIV transmissions occur outside of the workplace.”

At the launch SABCOHA CEO Brad Mears said the new private sector strategy developed within NEDLAC called for, among other things, stronger monitoring and evaluation. “It seems appropriate then that the South African National Standard 16001 – HIV and Aids management system has been launched. Indeed if the private sector is to live by the credo that you cannot manage what you cannot measure, then surely the launch must herald a significant step forward. The implementation of the standard leads the way in ensuring that perhaps one of the most critical components of the National Strategic Plan is strengthened – namely monitoring and evaluation.

“For the first time in our response to the epidemic, we now have a set of indicators against which we can measure our responses to HIV,” said Mears.

Universal implementation of HIV workplace programs by all employers in South Africa is an objective of SABCOHA and the National Strategic Plan. Commented Mears: “Synonymous with that must be the adoption of a universal standard, which is independently assessed. In ensuring legal compliance, approval by the SABS standard gives confidence to management, directors, shareholders, and customers that your workplace programmes meet the standards set out in the SANS document.”

After a lengthy process, which also saw the new standard go out for public comment in March this year, SANS 16001 is finally available. The standard has been designed to be compatible with SANCS 9001/ISO 9001; SANS 14001/ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001, “thus granting organisations the opportunity to carry out integrated auditing against all four standards,” said Smith.

The introduction to the new standard, a 20-page document, stresses that the success of an HIV and AIDS management system rests on commitment from all levels in an organisation, particularly top management.

“Stakeholders who know that an organisation in which they have a vested interest has successfully implemented this standard can feel assured that an appropriate HAMS (HIV and AIDS management system) is in place and that the organisation works towards setting and achieving enterprise-wide risk management and social responsibility objectives,” reads the introduction.

“Knowledge and information will drive action,” said Clem Sunter, chairman of the Anglo American Chairman’s Fund. “That is especially true of this standard. In all aspects of business, it is universally agreed that sound management practice rests on setting standards and targets and then measuring people’s performance against them. Thus, the idea of extending this principle to HIV/AIDS management systems not only makes absolute sense, it will also improve the private sector’s response to one of the greatest challenges facing society today – turning the epidemic around.”

To purchase the standard:

Tel: 012-428-6883
Fax: 012-428-6928
Email: sales@sabs.co.za
Webstore

For more information on the standard contact:

Irma Loots at SABS:
Tel: 012-428-6379
Fax: 012-428-6368
Email: lootsi@sabs.co.za
Lindzi Smith, Education, Training and Counselling
Tel: 011-640-7410
Cell:083-631-6667
Email: linzi@edutc.co.za

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SANS 16001 – the HIV & AIDS workplace quality management system standard – is being launched on July 18 by the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS). The standard will give companies a benchmark against which to voluntarily measure their HIV/AIDS programmes.

Once a company has decided to use the standard as the benchmark against which their programme will be measured, there will be a set of absolute requirements that they will have to achieveThese requirements will achieve specific outcomes through actions deemed to be in line with currently accepted good practice and must be objectively verifiable by a suitably qualified auditor.

If the company is found to be compliant with the standard requirements, the auditor will recommend the company for certification.

The standard requires that the company commits to continuous improvement and is compatible with ISO 90001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001.

To learn more about the standard, come to the breakfast launch at 8.30 for 9am at the Sandton Convention Centre on July 18 or contact Linzi Smith on linzi@edutc.co.za. To confirm attendance at the launch, please RSVP to Nthabiseng Magano on (tel) 012-428-6062 or (fax) 012-428-6670 or email: maganont@sabs.co.za – Sabcoha

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