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GBCHealth News and Opportunities | August 2012
GBCHealth kicks off 2013 awards, hosts CSR event in China

Expert Webinars on HIV/AIDS, Diabetes and the 2013 GBCHealth Awards

Join Us for a Series of Expert Connections Webinars

GBCHealth has launched expert webinar series on HIV/AIDS, diabetes and the 2013 GBCHealth Awards

GBCHealth’s Expert Connections series gives its members access to leading business and global health leaders as well as insights into the latest advances and developments in global health. GBCHealth has launched three new three-part series on HIV/AIDS, on diabetes and on our annual Business Action on Health Awards.

On August 30 you can get a jump start on your 2013 awards application with advice from the 2012 winners, who will detail their approaches, challenges and lessons learned. The diabetes series kicks off September 13 with a panel on Diabetes 101: The Global Face of the Epidemic. Speakers from the CDC, Global Diabetes Initiative at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease will provide updates on diabetes in emerging markets, including China, India, Latin America and the Caribbean, along with a look at global partnerships addressing the disease.

Learn more and RSVP for the first Business Action on Health Awards webinar

Learn more and RSVP for the first diabetes webinar

GBCHealth/amfAR Gala Kicks Off XIX International AIDS Conference

July 21, 2012 | Washington, D.C.

Visionary businessman Bill Gates receives award at GBCHealth/amfAR dinnerOn the eve of the XIX International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., GBCHealth, in partnership with amfAR, hosted a dinner at the Kennedy Center. Visionary businessman and philanthropist Bill Gates accepted amfAR’s Award of Courage, saying, “We have many potential game-changers that are bringing us closer to the end of AIDS." More than 20 GBCHealth member companies attended, as well as entertainers and political leaders who included Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Congresswoman Barbara Lee of California, Congressman Ed Markey of Massachusetts, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, actress Sharon Stone, newscaster Anderson Cooper and legendary American soprano Jessye Norman. GBCHealth’s outgoing President and CEO John Tedstrom delivered moving remarks highlighting the essential role of the private sector in driving progress on AIDS.

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Read business highlights from International AIDS Conference

Read news coverage from the dinner in Bloomberg Businessweek and Agence France Presse

CEOs Call for End to HIV Travel Restrictions

Help GBCHealth Reach 100 Signatories by World AIDS Day 2012

Kenneth Cole is one CEO committed to ending HIV travel restrictionsGBCHealth, in partnership with UNAIDS and member Levi Strauss & Co., is working to help lift travel restrictions against people living with HIV/AIDS through a CEO pledge demonstrating private sector commitment to ending these practices. These travel restrictions, still in existence in 45 countries, are discriminatory and harm business, restricting employees from traveling or migrating for work. Already 26 leading CEOs have demonstrated their leadership on this issue and have signed the pledge, and some have blogged, tweeted and promoted the pledge on their company Web sites. The goal is to garner 100 CEO signatures by World AIDS Day 2012 on December 1, which will feature a large promotion on the pledge.

Officially announced at the Together to End AIDS Gala in Washington, D.C. on July 21, Levi Strauss & Co.’s Helga Ying spoke the next morning at a UNAIDS session on HIV travel restrictions at the International AIDS Conference, where South Korea announced it was lifting its travel restrictions. The CEO pledge was covered widely in the media, including International Business News, Voice of America and Agence France Presse. Since the launch, two new companies have joined, Pfizer and FSG.

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Creating Shared Value in Health at the CSR Asia Summit

September 18-19, 2012 | Beijing, China

Join GBCHealth at CSR Asia September 18-19 in BeijingJoin GBCHealth, CSR Asia and more than 500 delegates to discuss challenges and opportunities for corporate social responsibility (CSR) in Asia. The event will connect participants with leading CSR practitioners. GBCHealth will host a special session on creating shared value in health in Asia. The session will focus on best practice examples from companies meeting unmet health needs through shared value, in which businesses use market-based solutions that both drive commercial success and help solve health and societal problems. Learn more

Business Action Roundtable on NCDs and Wellness in Africa

September 27, 2012 | Nairobi, Kenya

Business takes on non-communicable diseases in KenyaNon-communicable diseases (NCDs), which include cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer, are now among the leading causes of death in Kenya and are having a growing impact on healthcare costs and economic development throughout Africa. GBCHealth believes that the private sector can make major contributions in effectively addressing NCDs in Africa. This workshop will help companies integrate NCDs into existing workplace programs, helping to educate their workforces and communities on how to prevent and treat these diseases. The workshop will also include a focus on how investing in prevention can help reduce healthcare costs and improve workforce productivity while also improving the health and wellbeing of workers and community members.

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GBCHealth/Mass General Hospital Symposium on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health

October 22, 2012 | New York, NY

Event to foster technological innovations, partnerships to improve maternal and child healthGBCHealth and Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Global Health will co-host an event on how companies, governments and nonprofits can use technological innovations to reduce maternal, newborn and child deaths in resource poor settings. Too many women still die in childbirth and too many children die before reaching their 5th birthday, but lifesaving technologies appropriate for developing countries can make a big impact. This event will help participants understand how they can help drive innovation within this space and foster the creation of partnerships.

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Fast Forward on Sustainability at the BSR Annual Conference

October 23-26, 2012 | New York, NY

BSR hosting annual conference October 23-26 in NYCGBCHealth member BSR hosts its annual conference in New York City from October 23-26. Themed “Fast Forward,” this year’s conference promises to provide a fascinating exploration of new thinking and approaches for building sustainable practices into your business. Bringing together 1,000 leaders from business, civil society, and the public sector, the annual BSR Conference is one of the world’s largest and most influential events devoted to sustainable business. The BSR conference starts the day after GBCHealth and Massachusetts General Hospital host a half-day symposium on Technology Innovations for Maternal & Child Health (free to members). Consider combining both events! Learn more about the BSR Conference...


Mylan Signs Agreement with Gilead to Accelerate Access to HIV Medicines

GBCHealth members Mylan and Gilead sign agreement on generic HIV/AIDS medications Mylan Inc. has signed a licensing agreement with Gilead Sciences, Inc. to produce and market generic versions of Gilead’s HIV/AIDS medicines containing emtricitabine.

Mylan and Gilead are both members of the Private Sector Delegation (PSD) to the Global Fund, a group of companies that participate in governance and policy for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The PSD is facilitated by GBCHealth.

Gilead has entered into agreements with Mylan and two other Indian pharmaceutical companies to improve access to low-cost generic versions of Gilead’s HIV medicines in developing countries.

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Explored the GBCHealth Web Site Recently?

The library is its richest resource. Check it out!

Explore the GBCHealth Content Library for tools and resources In last year’s GBCHealth member survey, many of you told us that you valued the rich content and information- sharing opportunities on But some respondents were unfamiliar with the site’s riches. Take a peek at two great features on our site, both created with GBCHealth members in mind: the Content Library and Member News areas.

GBCHealth's Content Library houses a comprehensive collection of tools, resources, case studies and event recaps related to business action on global health. The library features both GBCHealth-created materials as well as resources developed by members and key partners. Many of these resources are “Members Only,” so be sure to sign in or request access when prompted. Our Member News section highlights the latest actions of member companies and organizations, including new programs and partnerships.

To include your company's materials in the Content Library or news in the Member News section, contact your Relationship Manager.


GBCHealth Members Help AIDS Response in China

July 27, 2012 | Beijing, China

GBCHealth members donate critical CD4 equipment in ChinaGBCHealth China, in collaboration with member companies BD, Standard Chartered Bank, Sohu, Hub One International, Merck and Anglo American, launched the CD4 equipment donation project on July 27 in Beijing. The project aims to provide much needed CD4 testing equipment, which measures how far along HIV has progressed in the body, to Lianghsan, in the Sichuan province, which is hard hit by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The equipment will enable the local government in this rural region to provide timely treatment and care. 

BD China donated three sets of CD4 equipment, valued at over US$ 200,000. Other companies will contribute to the project in their areas of core competence:

  •, China’s leading online media company, is promoting the initiative through its Charity Internet Channel
  • Standard Chartered Bank will broadcast the launch ceremony and a related PSA at its bank branches in China
  • Anglo American, the mining company, will work with the Liangshan CDC on an advocacy program for AIDS impacted children in 2013 and will share the PSA with employees through its health wellness program
  • Hub One International, a logistics company, covered the cost of shipping the equipment to Liangshan and the cost of training operators to use the equipment
  • Merck Foundation will work with the Liangshan CDC on using the equipment in its treatment and care operations

The launch also contributed to awareness building around AIDS in China, with more than 15 major media outlets covering the event.

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GBCHealth Members Contribute to Summer Camp for AIDS Impacted Youth in China

July 16-25, 2012 | Beijing, China

GBCHealth and the Chi Heng Foundation hosted the seventh annual camp for AIDS-impacted youth in Bejing, with 40 teens 14-16 years old from poverty stricken areas attended the five-day summer camp. Corporate participation in the program demonstrates leadership and helps reduce stigma against those infected and affected by AIDS. This year GBCHealth members Anglo American, BD, The Coca-Cola Company, Standard Chartered Bank and Waggner Edstrom supported the program, which included visits to Standard Chartered Bank and Waggner Edstrom.

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What We’re Reading

By Eve Heyn, Manager, Communications & External Affairs, GBCHealth

In a recent New Yorker article, staff writer Michael Specter travels to Brazil to see efforts underway to combat the deadly dengue virus with genetically modified mosquitoes. But while results so far are promising, the insects have sparked a fierce debate as opponents fear the deployment of “robo-Franken mosquitoes.”

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Photo credits, from top to bottom: Brent Stirton/Getty Images for GBCHealth; Whitney Kidder for GBCHealth; WireImage; WireImage; jrodmanjr; Brent Stirton/Getty Images for GBCHealth; Brent Stirton/Getty Images for GBCHealth


Expert Webinars on HIV/AIDS, Diabetes and the 2013 GBCHealth Awards

GBCHealth/amfAR Gala Kicks Off XIX International AIDS Conference

CEOs Call for End to HIV Travel Restrictions. Join them!

CSR Asia: Local Innovations for Global Challenges

Business Action Roundtable on NCDs/Wellness in Africa

Symposium on Innovations for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health

Join the BSR Conference in NYC

Mylan Signs Agreement with Gilead to Accelerate Access to HIV Medicines

Explored the GBCHealth Web Site Recently?

GBCHealth Members are Busy in China

GBCHealth Members Contribute to Summer Camp for AIDS Impacted Youth in China

What We’re Reading


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Best of the Best: 2012 Winning and Commended Companies



Private Sector Delegation Retreat and Pre-Board Meetings

Lyon, France


Diabetes 101: The Global Face of the Epidemic



CSR Asia Summit: Local Innovation for Global Challenges

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2012 Business Action Roundtable on NCDs and Wellness

Nairobi, Kenya


Driving Global Technological Innovations in Maternal, Newborn and Child Health

New York, New York


HIV & TB: Joint Action for Maximum Impact

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