Anglo American Plc in South Africa

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  ANGLO AMERICAN PLC IN SOUTH AFRICA PRESENTED BY:SHIVANI BHATIAANMOL SETHIKUNAL DHAWANVIDISHA BANSALVISHAL SACHAN  ABOUT THE CASE ã Anglo America ,founded in 1917  – the largest mining conglomerate operating in 61 countries to produce gold, platinum and other metals . ã Headquartered in London ã Anglo American acted as the first corporation to develop a comprehensive strategy to combat Ravages of the disease on its workforce & repercussions for its operations. ã In 2002 Anglo American made a landmark decision to provide free antiretrovialtherapy (ART) to HIV infected employees at its South African operations.  Q1. What are the pros and cons of Anglo American’s adoption of an aggressive strategy in combating HIV/AIDS among its South African workforce? What recommendations would you give the company concerning its HIV/AIDS policy? Pros:- ã  It became a trend setter for other major companies operating in South Africa, thus gaining a goodwill amongother companies , which can be helpful in partnering with other major companies not only in South Africa but also in other part of the world . ã  It got good response form WHO , Global Business Council for HIV / AIDS and other NGOs, thus making itas a socially responsible organization in Global business . ã  The early adoption strategy helped it to prevent further loss in operating expenses by providing awareness and ART to its employee in earlier stage . ã  It also prevented the possible higher loss to the company i.e. if in case the worker were left untreatedthen losses would have been higher than providingART . ã  Excellent corporate social responsibility initiatives were displayed by AA by not only taking preventivemeasures but also conducting care and wellness programs extending up to the employees and their families.  CONS:- ã  The cost of the program is spiraling because the cost of distribution of the necessary drugs remains high and the estimated cost of $4000 per year per employee is also high compared to the average monthlywages of $830. ã  The South African government was not very appreciative of Anglo American  PLC’s  efforts to combat HIV/AIDS in South Africa. As a result, Anglo American PLC stands the chance of losing the good will of the SouthAfrican government. ã  In spite of spending so much money on the program, Anglo American PLC suffers from about 15% people who are not adhering to the program. ã  The treatment regimen is such that it needs works to adhere to strict schedules. However due to harshworking conditions workers find it difficult to adhere to the schedules.
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