NEW YORK, Sept. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Secretary of State Condoleezza
Rice, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and Academy-Award winning actress
Angelina Jolie will headline the 2005 Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS
(GBC) Awards for Business Excellence Gala. The event will be held at the John
F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on September 28, 2005.
The dinner will be entirely underwritten by De Beers, the world's leader
in diamonds and an active GBC member. GBC will present its annual Awards for
Business Excellence in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Secretary Rice, Senator
Clinton, and Angelina Jolie, who is also a Goodwill Ambassador for the United
Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will be the keynote speakers.
Senator Bill Nelson of Florida will give the invocation.
"We are honored to have these leading women, who have all been on the
front lines in the global fight against HIV/AIDS, help us recognize the need
of the business sector to respond to the pandemic," said Richard Holbrooke,
President and CEO of the GBC and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.
A record number of international companies submitted entries for this
year's awards. The 2005 GBC Awards for Business Excellence will be presented
in the following categories:
* Business Excellence in the Workplace
* Business Excellence in the Community
* Business Excellence for Innovation
* Business Excellence using Core Competency
* Individual Business Leadership on HIV/AIDS
* Business Excellence for Testing (a newly established category)
"The entries for this year's awards program illustrate that many companies
are effectively responding to HIV/AIDS around the world. While there's still a
long way to go, these successes are critical examples of how the business
community can address the AIDS crisis," Holbrooke added.
This will be the fourth annual awards dinner for the GBC. The first, held
in New York in 2002, featured former President Bill Clinton, UN Secretary
General Kofi Annan and DaimlerChrysler Chairman Juergen Schrempp. The 2003
dinner in Washington, D.C. included former Secretary of State Colin Powell,
Senator Bill Frist, Senator John Kerry and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.
Last year's dinner in Berlin featured German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder,
former World Bank President James Wolfensohn, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator
Randall Tobias and U2 lead singer Bono.
"GBC is very grateful to De Beers, the underwriter of the gala and to our
dinner cochairs, Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Jordan and Mr. and Mrs. James
Wolfensohn," said Trevor Neilson, Executive Director of the GBC. "Our member
companies are leading the business fight against AIDS and the gala is our
opportunity to acknowledge their leadership and commitments to the pandemic."
Award winners will be announced on September 28th. For more information on
the awards or for media inquiries please contact John James at 212.698.2131.
About the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GBC)
The Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GBC) is the pre-eminent
organization leading the business fight against HIV/AIDS. The rapidly-
expanding alliance of 200 international companies is dedicated to combating
the AIDS epidemic through the business sector's unique skills and expertise.
GBC's expert teams assist member companies in the design and development of
specialized programs that leverage a company's assets and business skills to
tailor an individual response to the crisis. GBC is the official focal point
of the private sector to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. For
more information, please visit the GBC website at www.businessfightsaids.org.
+1-212-698-2131 (New York)
SOURCE The Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS