Annual returns from 307 Responsibility Deal partners, setting out what actions they have taken over the past year to meet their pledges, are published today.
Over 75% of partners due to report provided an update.
Since its launch the Responsibility Deal has grown considerably with the number of partners tripling – now at over 540. Partners signing up to the Deal more recently will not be required to provide updates until next year.
Health at work
Employees in a wide range of companies are seeing their health and well-being taken more seriously as more and more organisations – over 320 – sign up to the health at work pledges.
The focus is on making occupational health more about prevention, as well as looking at improving the management of people with chronic health conditions, the workplace environment, healthier canteen food, encouraging more active travel and helping staff to give up smoking.
For example, as part of their staff health checks pledge RWE npower ran 11 roadshows for employees with “mini” health checks (blood pressure, cholesterol, BMI and smoking habits). Over 1,100 of their employees participated.
Working behind the scenes and reaching into the heart of communities, many businesses and organisations – nearly 280 – have made pledges to help get more people, of all ages and backgrounds, more active.
Macmillan Cancer Support’s “Move More” media campaign, promote the importance of being active during and after cancer. They distributed nearly 28,000 behaviour change support packs and their evaluation showed that 92% of people said that it helped them to increase their levels of activity.
Over 140 companies from across all sectors of the food industry – supermarkets, manufacturers, high street chains, restaurants and catering companies – have signed up to the food and soft drinks pledges. For more information on what has been achieved on the calorie reduction pledge, read the story
Over 80% of all alcohol drinks sold should have clear labelling of units, drinking guidelines and a warning about drinking during pregnancy by December 2013 – with 91 companies signed up;
Over 30 alcohol companies have committed to removing a billion units from the UK market by December 2015. The initiative, which includes major brands like Echo Falls, First Cape and Heineken will see a greater choice of lower strength alcohol products and smaller measures by 2015.