Swedish Workplace HIV and AIDS Programme

14 Years of Workplace dialogue to improve wellness – strengthening companies, employees and communitys.

The Swedish Workplace HIV and AIDS Programme (SWHAP) i all about limiting the spread of HIV/AIDS and helping to create healthy workplaces in sub-Saharan Africa. The programme supports or has supported 600 workplaces with Wellness and HIV/Aids programmes in eleven countries. The objective is for companies and employees to work together to stop the spread of HIV as well as limit the effects of the disease and other related illnesses.

The keys to the success of the program is the fact that the responsibility for planning and implementation of the projects in the workplaces is shared between employees and employers to have ownership and engagement. The main results of the programs are:

  • Healthier employees, workplaces and increased productivity
  • Development of diverse, inclusive and gender sensitive workplaces reducing employee turnover and absenteeism
  • Improved dialogue climate at the workplace, reduced stigma around specific issues, reduce risk of conflicts
  • Improved job satisfaction and employee moral
  • Highlighting sustainability as a core operational condition for companies and employees
  • Creation of networks for peer to peer exchanges on workplace sustainable strategies
  • Strengthened partnerships and improved social dialogue at national level between employers associations and unions

As of 2019 the program is expanded and developed as the Swedish Workplace Program, a global program that builds on our experience of promoting workplace dialoge to suppport sustainble work.

SWHAP is a project run jointly by NIR and the Swedish Industrial and Metalworkers’ Union (IF Metall). The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). Swedish companies participating include among others ABB, Alfa Laval, Atlas Copco, Dyno Nobel, Ericsson, SAAB, Sandvik, Scania, SKF, Swedish Match, Tetra Pak and Volvo.

  • Around 35 000 employees in several work places have been reached by the projects, as well as
  • 5 000 affected family members and 20 000 in the communities the companies operate in.
  • SWHAP is present in Botswana, Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

HIV and AIDS have severe consequences both for individuals and for society – and therefore also for companies. SWHAP believes that everyone must do what he or she can to limit these consequences. As we spend a lot of time at work and our attitudes and behaviour are often strongly influenced by your work environment, the workplace is a good place to start.

If you want to know more about our work with Social Dialog, Wellness HIV/AIDS, please contact Alessandra Cornale or visit the SWHAP website.

  • SWHAP 14 Years

    How Swedish companies developed a joint response to the impact of an epidemic wellness challenge. Using partnership and social dialogue the model of the Swedish Workplace HIV and AIDS Program (SWHAP) was developed to improve sustainability of business operations starting over fourteen years ago.