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Corporates urged to develop workplace policy on AIDS

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Kolkata , Dec. 23

INDIAN companies urgently need to develop a workplace policy on the HIV-AIDS menace, which is threatening to emerge as a "raging epidemic".

Making a presentation at an interactive session on `Business & Society', organised by the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (IACC), Mr George Sibley, the US Consul-General in Kolkata, said that corporate consciousness on health issues was just beginning to grow.

If such a policy was not evolved, it may affect business prospects and dent the economic gains achieved by the country over the years.

"AIDS prevention is costly, but a cure is far costlier," he said.

According to Mr Ashok Aikat, Regional President of IACC, the time has come for corporate India to focus on all stakeholders in society as a whole and not merely on their shareholders.

"If corporate India does not come forward to help, then who will?", he asked

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