BackgroundSWP is built on 14 years of impact
Companies that continue with the SWP approach
Partnership and focusing on workplace level
Just over 14 years ago through the Swedish Workplace HIV and AIDS Programme (SWHAP) started collaborating with Swedish companies in sub-Saharan Africa to develop a joint approach to mitigating the negative impact of HIV and AIDS at the workplace. Supporting the partnership between employees and management, companies were able to improve the sustainability of their business operations.
Initially piloted at 10 companies in South Africa, the Programme grew to cover 600 workplaces in 11 countries. The SWP approach (setting up social dialogue structures where management and worker’s representatives took joint responsibility for the design and implementation of the health interventions) increased ownership resulting in 99% of companies continuing with their initiatives after the end of the co-financing period.
Increased productivity through better implemntation of company sustainbility strategies.
Establishment of a better dialogue climate at the workplace reducing stigma and conflict.
Companies became better eqiped to reduce employee turnover and positively impacting unemployment and skills development.
Protection of the human rights of workers through the implementation of anti-discrimination policies, and awareness raising on these and other related policies.
Company best practice contribution to social dialogue at national level between unions and employer associations.
Intergration of peer to peer exchanges on workplace disease management and sustainability strategies.