“Scotiabank has been a long-standing and active participant in global efforts to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS and support people affected,” said Sylvia Chrominska, group head of Global Human Resources and Communications at Scotiabank. “The creation of this strategy and supporting pillars builds on the good work that has already been done across our global network. It also underscores Scotiabank’s commitment to the United Nations Global Compact and more specifically, the UN’s Millennium Development Goal 6 on combating HIV/AIDS.”
The three pillars are:
1. Fighting Stigma and Discrimination
Scotiabank will continue to strengthen and implement workplace best practices in its offices and branches. With over 75,000 employees in more than 55 countries worldwide, Scotiabank is in a unique position to combat stigma and discrimination surrounding HIV/AIDS.
2. Promoting Awareness and Education
Scotiabank will continue its work in promoting awareness and education on HIV/AIDS and seek out new initiatives with a particular focus on children and youth.
3. Contributing Donations and Volunteering
Scotiabank will continue to promote and leverage the work of local grassroots organizations, employee volunteer initiatives and in-kind contributions in countries around the world through its Global Bright Future Program.
“Our work on HIV/AIDS began in 2001 with our employees to ensure we had internal policies that addressed human rights and anti-discrimination of people living with HIV/AIDS,” said Kaz Flinn, vice president of Corporate Social Responsibility at Scotiabank. “Since then, through the leadership and engagement of our employees, the Bank has worked on many unique initiatives to help combat HIV/AIDS, to promote awareness and open discussions. Our global strategy communicates the full extent of the support we have delivered and will continue to deliver in the fight against HIV/AIDS.”
In the US and British Virgin Islands, Scotiabank participates in regional HIV Testing Day activities in the month of June. Clinics are held in several branches where trained personnel from the Department/Ministry of Health conduct free and confidential testing and counseling.