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Public Health Responsibility Deal- Who’s taking part?

December 4th, 2010
Five groups
  • Alcohol Responsibility Deal: Co-chairs Lib Dem health minister Paul Burstow and Jeremy Beadles, the Wine and Spirit Trade Association.
  • Physical Activity Responsibility Deal: Co-chairs Conservative minister Simon Burns and Fred Turok, The Fitness Industry Association.
  • Food Responsibility Deal: Co-chairs Conservative Secretary of State Andrew Lansley and Dr Susan Jebb, Medical Research Council obesity academic.
  • Behavioural change responsibility deal network: Co-chairs Conservative public health minister Anne Milton and the National Heart Forum.
  • Health at work responsibility deal: Co-chairs Conservative minister Lord Howe and Dame Carol Black.


First meeting
Twenty-nine people attended the first meeting of the policy-setting Public Health Responsibility Deal on 14th September, 18 from business, six from consumer and health bodies and five from central and local government…
Rt. Hon. Andrew Lansley CBE MP, Secretary of State for Health
Paul Burstow MP, Minister of State for Care Services
Anne Milton MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Public Health
Aisling Burnand, Executive Director, Policy & Public Affairs, Cancer Research UK
Andrew Opie, Director of Food & Consumer Policy, British Retail Consortium
Cathryn Higgs, Food Policy Manager, The Co-operative
Dame Carol Black, National Director for Health & Work, DWP
David North, Community & Government Director, Tesco (on behalf of Lucy Neville-Rolfe)
Douglas Smallwood, Chief Executive, Diabetes UK
Erica Zimmer, Head of Public Affairs, Sainsbury’s
Fiona Dawson, Managing Director, Mars UK
Fred Turok, Chair, Fitness Industry Association
George Gordon, Public Affairs Director, Unilever UK & Ireland (on behalf of Amanda Sourry)
Helen McCallum, Director of Policy & Communications, Which?
Ian Sarson, Managing Director, Compass Group
Jeremy Beadles, Chief Executive, Wine and Spirits Trade Association
John Ransford, Chief Executive, Local Government Association
Lindsey Davies, President, Faculty of Public Health
Mary Boughton, Chair of Health, Safety & Risk Mgt, Federation of Small Businesses
Melanie Leech, Director General, Food & Drink Federation
Paul Kelly, Director of Corporate Affairs, ASDA
Paul Lincoln, Chief Executive, National Heart Forum
Richard Taylor, Director of Corporate Affairs, Morrison’s Supermarket plc
Simon Morys, Government Affairs Director, Tesco (on behalf of Lucy Neville-Rolfe)
Susan Jebb, Head of Nutrition & Health Research, MRC Human Nutrition Research
Tim Lefroy, Chief Executive, Advertising Association
Ufi Ibrahim, Chief Executive, British Hospitality Association
Vicki Nobles, Corporate Affairs Director, Diageo GB
Yvonne Doyle, Regional Director of Public Health, South East Coast SHA (on behalf
of Dame Sally Davies)
Amanda Sourry, Chairman, Unilever UK & Ireland
Lucy Neville-Rolfe, Director of Corporate and Legal Affairs, Tesco
Dame Sally Davies, Acting Chief Medical Officer for England, DH

Public Health White Paper/ Responsibility Deal – House of Commons debate

November 30th, 2010

Rt Hon Andrew Lansley MP: “We have learned over the last decade that state interventions alone cannot achieve success. We need a new sense of collective endeavour-a partnership between communities, businesses and individuals that transforms not only the way we deliver public health, but the way we think about it. Through the public health responsibility deal, the Government will work with industry to help people make informed decisions about their diet and lifestyle, to improve the environment for health, and to make healthy choices easier. Through greater use of voluntary and community organisations, we will reach out to families and individuals, and develop new ways to target the foundations of good health. Reflecting the framework in the ladder of interventions developed by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, we will adopt voluntary and less intrusive approaches, so that we can make more progress more quickly and resort to regulation only where we cannot make progress in partnership…”

“The right hon. Gentleman asked about the responsibility deal. Let me give him an example. In 2004, the last Labour Government said that they would introduce front-of-pack food labelling. They wanted to introduce a single traffic-light system. All that fell apart in utter confusion. There was never a consistent front-of-pack food labelling system. The last Government never worked with industry; they worked against industry, and what was the result? A variety of different systems, and nothing consistent for the public to look at.

“Only by working together on a voluntary approach will we start to make progress more quickly, whether it is on labelling, reformulation or activity with employers in the workplace. We will make progress, we will do it more quickly, and we will regulate only when necessary, rather than resorting to regulation and, as the Labour Government did, failing to make any progress and failing to regulate. That is not a basis on which we can deliver the public health improvements that we need.”


Responsibility deals the way forward for business waste

August 16th, 2010
The Government wants to work with businesses to help them reduce their waste and increase recycling through voluntary responsibility deals, Environment Minister Lord Henley said today.
Working with businesses to put in place voluntary responsibility deals on waste will remove the need for further regulation and will lead to less waste and more recycling with the added benefits of businesses saving money and helping to protect the environment.
Visiting the SITA UK plant in the North East of England to see waste being converted into energy, Lord Henley said;
“As householders we all spend a lot of time trying to do the right thing with our waste and recycling, and rightly so.”
“But it’s equally important that businesses – both large and small – do the same. Twice as much waste comes from commerce and industry as from all households put together, so it’s critical that they play their part.”
“As Secretary of State Caroline Spelman made clear last month when announcing the review of waste policy, this Government believes that businesses, like householders, should be encouraged to do the right thing, rather than tied down or penalised with excessive rules and regulations”.
Lord Henley pointed to the good work carried out under existing voluntary agreements – such as the Courtauld Commitment on grocery retail packaging and food waste – as a model for what can be achieved in the future.
Working with businesses, the voluntary responsibility deals on waste will look to deliver change that works for businesses and their customers. By encouraging competition between signatories to achieve the outcomes and stimulate growth and innovation the changes can be delivered cost effectively.
Lord Henley said that a number of sectors were under consideration for possible voluntary responsibility deals in the future, and that
there would be close cooperation and active partnership with the businesses and sectors concerned in developing the deals.
“We see responsibility deals as an important part of drive towards a zero waste economy, and I hope that businesses will come forward with ideas and proposals for actions we can work together on.”

Defra news release

DEFRA to develop waste ‘responsibility deals’, says Spellman

June 15th, 2010

Announcing the Coalition Government’s commitment to establishing ‘Responsibility Deals’, Caroline Spelman said in speech at Futuresource, ‘Waste – new thinking for a new economy’ that a Waste Review would look at “new approaches to dealing with commercial waste and promoting ‘responsibility deals’, reducing the amount of waste generated by production and retail.”

Spellman went on to say:

“I want business and manufacturers to redouble their efforts to drive down the waste generated by production and the amount of packaging they use – some of which is, if we’re honest, actually marketing material. Because, as with so much else when it comes to waste, doing the right thing makes sound economic sense.

“Major retailers now report on their environmental performance to consumers and investors alike. Posters on the tube trumpet light-weight beer bottles. Utility companies use energy efficiency to sell their services.

“And, at a time when consumers are tightening their purse strings and investors are erring on the side of caution, what savvy business wouldn’t choose to save money while enhancing their corporate reputation?

“Businesses – inevitably – produce more waste than households.

“For too long, Government attention has been focussed on domestic waste, rather than giving businesses the encouragement they need. Not by tying you up in red tape or by stifling you with regulation. But by supporting you in ways that protects the environment and consumers while encouraging action.

“Using the idea of Responsibility Deals, for example, we will work together with retailers and the business community to continue to drive down food waste and unnecessary packaging.

“You have our support when it comes to both reducing the amount of waste you produce and in ensuring you have the facilities and opportunities to recycle what’s left.

“For decisions to work, they need to be taken as close as possible to the people and businesses involved.

“Some of our waste and resource policies of course, have to be decided at a national, European and even a global level.

“My Ministerial team and I, including the tireless Oliver Henley, who leads for us on waste and has been visiting exhibitors this morning – will be active at every level.”

This message was repeated as the Waste Review was launched on 29 July: “How voluntary ‘Responsibility Deals’ with businesses can play a role in waste reduction and more efficient use of resources”

‘The Cooperatition Incubator’ will be providing feedback to the review from a competition law perspective, and you can send in your own comments.