Responsibility

The BBPA and member companies are committed to promoting a responsible drinking culture in the UK. Through a number of initiatives, such as Challenge 21, alcohol unit awareness campaigns, and working with partnerships including Pubwatch and Best Bar None, the industry has gone to great lengths to promote responsibility. All licensed premises can play a part to promote responsibility in our sector. Guidance for licensees on running responsible premises can be found below, including guidance on noise control, gambling, selling alcohol responsibly and drug use in pubs.

  • BBPA welcomes new government waste strategy

    18 December 2018

    The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has welcomed the ambitious new governmentResources and waste strategy announced today by Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. The new strategy, which hopes to create a more circular economy, includes the elimination of avoidable plastic waste.  Commenting on the new waste strategy, Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “We welcome this new waste strategy and the brewing and pub sectors will be working closely with the Government to achieve its aims. “We support a Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) for plastic bottles and crucially the strategy’s recognition of the need for a UK-wide system, which is vital to avoid unnecessary costs and significant fraud risk in what is an integrated UK supply-chain and market for drinks containers.  “Reducing food waste is also a key element of the strategy and although this will be yet another cost pressure for pubs, which already face tight margins, our sector recognises the role we have to play. This is why we continue to work with WRAP and are committed to the Courtauld Commitment 2025 to reduce food waste. The BBPA recently signed up to WRAP’s Food Waste Reduction Roadmap, which helps organisations to take targeted action to reduce their food waste. “The proposed reforms to Producer Packaging Responsibility (PRN) are likely to lead to significant cost increases as producers will bear the full cost of recycling or disposing of waste costs and so it is important that brewers and pubs, especially the smaller ones, are not overburdened by the changes. The strategies recognition that SMEs will need to be protected is therefore reassuring.”

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  • BBPA responds to Gambling Commission study

    15 November 2018

    Commenting on the Gambling Commission’s study announced today, which found high levels of underage gaming machine play in pubs, Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “We are committed to keeping the pub a safe and friendly environment for families, so we take these interim findings very seriously. “We have ensured that all of our members are aware of both the BBPA’s and Gambling Commission’s codes of practice and we are already taking steps to develop a social charter for responsible gambling, for use by licensees and pub companies.  “However, given the importance of this issue we are seeking urgent meetings with the Gambling Commission and local authorities to ensure appropriate action is taken.”

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