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Atlas Copco recognized for work against HIV/AIDS


Atlas Copco South Africa’s work to reduce the impact of HIV/AIDS among employees is this year being recognized with the Swedish Workplace HIV and AIDS Programme (SWHAP) Achievement Award.

The SWHAP Achievement Award was introduced in 2008 to encourage and reward successful and innovative workplace initiatives. The aim is to further commitment at the workplace level to prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS and alleviate the effects of the HIV pandemic.

We are very proud of this acknowledgement that our efforts have made a difference in helping people live a better life,” says Jo Cronstedt, Vice President Public Affairs at Atlas Copco AB. “We want our programs to contribute by raising awareness of HIV among employees, their families and communities, reducing the stigma of infection and re-installing hope.”

The SWHAP Board motivation for the award is: “Due to the continuous commitment and support, Atlas Copco has created a sustainable HIV/AIDS Workplace Programme since 2003. The success is built on the involvement by the workers and the management creating trust around the programme. Benefits are that no employees first tested negative have later been tested positive. Added benefit is that the programme also has led to an estimated one million Rand reduction in risk costs per annum on the pension scheme which also benefits the employees.”

The SWHAP is a joint initiative by the International Council of Swedish Industry (NIR) and the Swedish Industrial and Metalworkers’ Union (IF Metall), aiming to contribute to the establishment and/or support of HIV and AIDS programmes at Swedish related workplaces in Sub-Saharan Africa. The SWHAP presently operates in Botswana, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. It is co-financed by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida.

The nominees for this year’s award also included Atlas Copco Zambia. The award is being presented to Atlas Copco at a ceremony on December 1 in Stockholm.

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Atlas Copco is a world leading provider of industrial productivity solutions. The products and services range from compressed air and gas equipment, generators, construction and mining equipment, industrial tools and assembly systems, to related aftermarket and rental. In close cooperation with customers and business partners, and with 136 years of experience, Atlas Copco innovates for superior productivity. Headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, the Group’s global reach spans more than 160 markets. In 2008, Atlas Copco had 34 000 employees and revenues of BSEK 74 (BEUR 7.7). Learn more at