Investigating the potential role of corporate social responsibility (CSR), in management of HIV/AIDS at work place : a case study of garment industries in Thetsane Maseru

Gitari, Flora K. (2007-03)

Thesis (MPhil (Sustainable Development Planning and Management))--University of Stellenbosch, 2007.


Corporate Social Responsibility is a new agenda within the sustainable development debates. There have been several debates to question the role of business on the social and community linked issues such as HIV and AIDS which not only threatens their own survival but the very existence of the workforce and the communities. The debate also questions the role of the business on social accountability as to whether they should be held accountable and responsible for their actions to the employees and the wider society. In view of this debate the aim of this study was to investigate the potential role of Corporate Social Responsibility in management of HIV and AIDS at work place-a Case Study of Garment Industries in Thetsane, Maseru. Objective: To investigate the approaches used by Garment Industries in management of HIV and AIDS at workplace. Secondly, to investigate what contributes to the differences in the approaches between different garment industries, and finally to explore the factors, which motivated garment industries to adopt these approaches or programmes. This was a case study involving four garment industries that have work place programmes. Findings: Garment industries have limited resources to support HIV and Aids programmes at work place. Majority of the garment industries depend on support from the development agencies and the private Doctors, in the area of condom distribution, awareness, education and provision of medical care to their employees.

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