EDUCATION AWARENESS, OUTREACH AND MOBILIZATION
BBCA supports the mobilization of companies through its outreach programs. Some of the key activities implemented in the outreach program is the breakfast meetings where companies come together to discuss various HIV/AIDS related issues affecting the work place, the Annual Red Ribbon competition to reward those who have done well in the HIV/AIDS work place programs.
BBCA creates awareness and knowledge on HIV/AIDS and workplace for the private sector, and this also influence behavior change, and facilitate better understanding to HIV/AIDS issues.
As a way of bringing the private sector together to discuss issues faced by the Private Sector in Botswana, BBCA conducts Leadership Breakfast Meetings across the country. The meetings bring together representatives from the various private and business sector .The forum provides opportunity for the private sector to discuss Workplace HIV and AIDS related issues on HIV and AIDS and the Private Sector. Resulting recommendations from the private sector can be shared at the national forums to ensure that the private sector has access to all the national HIV/AIDS programs and services. At the breakfast meetings other stakeholders involved in the fight against HIVandAIDS are invited to share with the private sector the programs that the government of Botswana is involved in, how they can access the services, and also create a platform for networking and collaboration.
BBCA has come up with topics that will be discussed at the upcoming breakfast meetings. Guest speakers shall be invited depending on the topics to be discussed. At the end of the speeches participants representing the various private sector shall be invited to comment on the topics. In order to view some of the recommendations and highlights regarding the breakfast visit our website. Companies interested in taking part in the breakfast meetings are invited o contact BBCA offices.
Red Ribbon Awards Competition
The Red Ribbon Awards of Business Excellence gradually pays dividends as the companies taking part in the competition pledges to strengthen their response to HIV/AIDS in the workplace, and companies who did not participate are always willing to take part in the next competition.
Every year BBCA runs the Annual Red Ribbon competition. BBCA comes up with a theme that encourages both the small, medium and large enterprises In Botswana to take part in the competition. The theme in general addresses business excellence in the development and implementation of innovative HIV/AIDS workplace programmes. The purpose of the competition is to identify good practices, rather than promote competitiveness, and in order to motivate companies all entrants gains some form of award. Applications are submitted in English or Setswana. Applicants are evaluated as follows;
• Compliance with the National Strategic Framework and HIV/AIDS policy, the ILO Code of Practice, and the SADC code of conduct.
• Innovativeness of the programme and its appropriateness to the workplace
Competing companies are always placed in one of the following categories:
4th place: Recognition of HIV/AIDS as a business issue
3rd place: Recognition of HIV/AIDS as a business issue and setting in place policies and mechanisms for implementing the MIP
2nd place: Recognition of HIV/AIDS as a business issue and special recognition for innovation
1st place: Recognition of HIV/AIDS as a business issue and special recognition for the most comprehensive
HIV/AIDS intervention strategy and business best practice in HIV/AIDS for 2004