Workplace Wellbeing

Policy Position

Food and drink manufacturers have long recognised the importance of ensuring the wellbeing of their workforce, which is why FDF’s leading members have pledged to develop workplace schemes that promote healthy diet and lifestyles. FDF members are proud of the positive actions already taken to promote workplace wellbeing.

FDF have created a workplace wellbeing toolkit for employers, which is free to download. This includes practical steps to setting up a workplace wellbeing scheme, as well as examples from companies with a programme already established.



Industry’s pledge to establish workplace wellbeing schemes is one of the commitments made in FDF’s Food and Health Manifesto, published in 2004. Our members believed that the industry could act as an examplar when it came to promoting healthy lifestyles. When we surveyed our leading members in late 2005 we found that 80% of them were running, or planned to run, such schemes.

The commitments made in the 2004 manifesto are the focus of FDF’s Health and Wellbeing Steering Group – formed in 2007 and made up of senior executives from across its membership – which encourages all companies to implement and develop employee wellbeing schemes for the benefit of their people as well as their bottom line.

The importance of workplace wellbeing was recognised by the Government in its Public Health White Paper, published in 2004; in the European Commission’s strategy for tackling the health issues caused by poor nutrition and obesity, published in 2007; in November 2008 when the government issued a response to National Director for Health and Work - Dame Carol Black’s review of the health of Britain’s working age population, ‘Improving health and work: changing lives’, in the Government’s Public Health Responsibility Deal which includes a core commitment to ‘actively support our workforce to lead healthier lives’ and most recently in the NHS ‘Five Year Forward View’ which mentions that ‘a healthier workforce will reduce demand and lower long term costs.’


Last reviewed: 17 Dec 2016