Symposium: The Role of Business in the Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria: Learning from Successful Cases in Meeting Global Challenges

Tokyo, June 28, 2005

The full commitment of the business community is an integral component of the response to AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, and deeper engagement in the fight against these devastating diseases is in the sector’s best interest. A number of corporations have launched innovative and effective programs to help combat these diseases, and their experiences were explored in a half-day symposium on June 28, 2005, that brought together leaders from the corporate, nonprofit, philanthropic, and governmental sectors in Japan and around the world. General trends in corporate involvement were analyzed by speakers from a number of organizations that promote and facilitate corporate engagement. Meanwhile, panelists from businesses that are making notable contributions related the backgrounds, motivations, and content of their corporations’ initiatives, and discussed ways for businesses to make greater contributions in this common fight.

Conference Report (Japanese only):

Communicable Diseases: An Action Agenda for Corporate Social Responsibility [PDF]


June 28, 2005


  • Tadashi Yamamoto, Director, Friends of the Global Fund, Japan


  • Christoph Benn, Director of External Relations, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
  • Francesca Boldrini, Director, Global Health Initiative, World Economic Forum
  • Joelle Tanguy, Managing Director, Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS
  • Nobuo Tateishi, Chairman, Committee on International Labor Affairs, Japan Business Federation (Nippon Keidanren); Chairman, Council for Better Corporate Citizenship; Executive Advisor, OMRON Corporation; Board Member, Friends of the Global Fund, Japan


  • Sumitomo Chemical CompanyDevelopment of long-lasting mosquito bed net and contributions to the Roll Back Malaria CampaignShigehiro Oba, Director & Senior Managing Executive Officer, Sumitomo Chemical Company
  • M·A·C CosmeticsConsciousness-raising campaign on HIV/AIDSJoelle Tanguy,Managing Director, Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS
  • Novartis PharmaProvision of anti-malarial drugs on not-for-profit basis and malaria prevention trainingSilvio Gabriel,Vice President, Novartis Malaria Initiatives
  • Standard Chartered BankHIV/AIDS Workplace ManagementPatricia Bader-Johnston, Head, Corporate Affairs, Standard Chartered Bank Japan
  • Daimler Chrysler and Anglo AmericanComments on initiatives in South AfricaDianne Stewart,Board Relations Manager, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria