US firms honored for HIV support in Vietnam

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Ten US firms in Ho Chi Minh City and Vietnam's Mekong Delta on Wednesday were honored for their investment to promote HIV/AIDS prevention and support at local workplaces.


Each firm received a certificate of appreciation and a trophy, after being selected as the best out of 118 enterprises affiliated with the HIV Workplace Project by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the US Consulate General in HCMC said in a press release.


The firms were recognized for their various contributions, including investing their funds and time to implement HIV/AIDS prevention and non-discriminatory policies at the workplace, organizing HIV/AIDS awareness activities among their staff, providing free condoms, and recruiting people living with HIV.


Among the recipients are the Trade Union of Vietnam National Textile and Garment Group, the Vietnam Women Entrepreneurs Council, Standard Charter Bank Vietnam, and the HCMC branch of Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry.


Francis Donovan, USAID Vietnam Mission Director, said the award-winning firms had addressed humanitarian issues while simultaneously contributing to the country's economic growth and improving their bottom lines.


The five-year USAID project was started in September 2008. More than 67,000 people have been trained on HIV prevention, and the participant firms have contributed more than $764,000 to cover the implementation cost, the release said.


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