Policy - The Public Health Responsibility Deal

March 2011
Published by:
Department of Health
Published year:
March 2011
Is the policy document adopted?:
Adopted year:
March 2011
Adopted by:
Department of Health
Type of policy:
Health sector policy, strategy or plan with nutrition components


Goals, objectives or targets related to nutrition: 

The five core commitments (outlined below) define the scope, purpose, and high-level ambitions of the Responsibility Deal. All Responsibility Deal partners have signed up to the core commitments and, in doing so, they are confirming their support for the Deal’s ambitions and committing to take action in support of them where they can.

The core commitments

The business community, voluntary sector and NGOs have already done a great deal to help people achieve a healthier diet, increase their levels of physical activity, drink sensibly and understand the health risks of their lifestyle choices. Signatories to the Public Health Responsibility Deal will work in support of the following core commitments in relation to their customers and staff, where relevant.

1. Recognise that we have a vital role to play in improving people’s health.

2. Promote and enable people to adopt a healthier diet.

3. Foster a culture of responsible drinking, which will help people to drink within guidelines.

4. Encourage and assist people to become more physically active.

5. Actively support our workforce to lead healthier lives.



Further notes: 

The Start of an Ongoing Process
The pledges announced at the launch of the Responsibility Deal represent an important step forward for public health, and demonstrate that this way of working can deliver real advances. However, the launch represents just the start of an ongoing process.
To date, over 100 organisations have been involved in developing the Public Health Responsibility Deal. Those that have now signed up to pledges have formally become Responsibility Deal Partners.
In the coming months the Responsibility Deal will involve a wider range of organisations that will develop pledges in new areas that realise the full potential of this way of working.
The Deal will also continually seek new partners. While over 170 organisations have already signed up at this early stage, many others will not be aware or have had time to consider whether they can become a partner. There is the opportunity for the widest range of commercial and non-commercial organisations to get involved – for instance, almost any employer has the potential to sign the Health at Work pledges. Trade bodies and other representative organisations will have a particularly vital role to play in energising their sectors and, in some instances, larger organisations will be able to mentor others to help them prepare for signing up.

To see the most up to date list of partners that have signed each pledge, and to sign up your organisation, please visit: http://responsibilitydeal.dh.gov.uk/

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