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Responsibilty Deal - Health at Work Pledges

Date: 10 May 2011

The new Health at Work pledges embedded in the new Public Health Responsibility Deal, was launched on 15 March by Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley CBE MP. The Responsibility Deal has been established, to create an environment that supports people to make informed, balanced choices, and help them to live healthier lives, by tapping in to the potential for businesses and other organisations to use their influence in the workplace to improve public health and tackle health inequalities. Organisations signing up to the Responsibility Deal commit themselves to take action on a voluntary basis. These actions are expressed as a series of collective pledges covering health at work, physical activity, food and alcohol. Over 180 organisations have already registered as Responsibility Deal Partners, each signed up to at least one collective pledge.


For further information and to sign up to the pledges please visit:

 If you have any questions or need further information please do not hesitate to ask. The best contact is Graeme Henderson ( of the Department of Health. We are also looking to develop further pledges, and your suggestions would be most welcome.

Employee Feedback

"The Healthy Workplace programme has supported our business to build and nurture a culture of health and provide GE employees with the resources they need to get and stay healthy.The varying workshops, information & events that the Healthy Workplace programme provides, have enabled us to reach our goals of enhanced health awareness, reduced absenteeism and improved employee engagement within our organisation" - Claire Shelley, GE Money

Health, wellbeing and productivity in the workplace

In the United Kingdom during 2013–2014 an estimated 1.2 million people who worked during the last
year were suffering from an illness (long-standing as well as new cases) they believed was caused or made worse by their current or past work. Half a million of these appear to be new conditions which started during the year. 


Health, wellbeing and productivity in the workplace
A Britain’s Healthiest Company summary report
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