About social and societal
The world’s Posts employ more than 5 million people, a formidable workforce whose lives at work and at home have an impact on the world we live in.
Posts have a responsibility to raise awareness among postal workers of contagious diseases and promote a healthy lifestyle, work to eliminate exclusion by promoting the hiring of disabled workers, fight illiteracy and address all forms of discrimination in postal establishments.
Postal employers also have a responsibility to promote sexual equality in the workplace, participate in government campaigns to eradicate diseases and pandemics, and promote social dialogue.
A major initiative developed in this area is the global HIV-prevention campaign launched in post offices worldwide in 2009 by the UPU, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, the International Labour Organization and UNI Global Union. The objective is to raise awareness among the population and postal employees of the importance of protecting oneself from HIV.