programme to address ATM issues and other wellness and health programmes. The key elements of the Policy include: • Prevention • Protection • Voluntary Counselling &Testing • Care and Support The programme is targeted not only at the entire workforce but also our supply chain partners. The fulcrum of mitigating ATM is the dynamic peer health education programme put in place by management. Trained peer educators disseminate information and skills to their colleagues on how to prevent, protect and provide support for those infected. Another innovative way we reach out to the workforce is through well packaged health messages on employees’ pay slips, distribution of insecticide-treated bed nets (ITNs), Artemisin based combination therapies (ACTs) to treat malaria and intermittent preventive treatment for pregnant women (IPTP). A rather visible component of our workplace ATM activity is the female/male condoms distribution activity whereby packs are conspicuously placed in conveniences across our various sites. The Company provides HCT counselling/testing and employees are encouraged to know their HIV status. We are considering special events such as Family Days to further reach out to employees and their family members with information on how to prevent and identify signs and symptoms of ATM, and how to go about treatment if tested positive. As a result of these initiatives, stigma and discrimination has been reduced to the barest minimum and we are working towards Zero New Infection and Zero stigmatization for all employees in the Company. Guinness Nigeria Plc is an active member of Nigerian Business Coalition against AIDS (NIBUCCA). NIBUCCA is the workplace voice against HIV/AIDS and in this partnership, the Company continues to play a leading role in workplace HIV/ AIDS prevention. We also provide HIV counselling and testing to our host communities during the celebration of World AIDS Day, World Malaria Day, World Tuberculosis Day and World Hepatitis Day. Beyond ATM related programmes, periodic health-related information and awareness materials are disseminated as monthly online tips to all employees, one-on-one counselling sessions are held and bi-ennial comprehensive health screening for early diagnosis is also available to employees above 40 years of age. Additionally, employees with chronic conditions like hypertension, asthma and diabetes are closely monitored with the aim of enhancing compliance with treatment and control. Directors’ Report cont’d 1600 1400 1200 1000 800 600 400 200 0 Ogba Benin Ikeja Aba GN 385 1116 1453 1462 385 LTA Free Days LTA Free Days LTA Free Days Across Guinness Nigeria Sites
26 EMPLOYMENT AND EMPLOYEES 1. Training and Development It is our policy to equip all employees with the skills and knowledge required for successful performance of their jobs. This entails identifying the training needs of our employees and prioritising implementation of plans to address such needs consistent with the requirements of the business today and in the future. In line with this, in the year under review the Learning and Development interventions focused
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