Businesses urged to publish alcohol policies

Published on Thursday, 02 February 2012 11:35
Posted by Scott Buckler

Public listed firms have been urged to outline their policy on employees' alcohol use when offering candidates career development opportunities

According to Alcohol Concern, there should be a greater focus on alcohol issues in the workplace, which it says has a major impact on productivity.Eric Appleby, chief executive of the organisation, said that firms need to address the attitudes to alcohol and drinking behaviour among staff.

"The evidence is that boards are not taking the issue seriously and that's why we are calling on the government to include alcohol policy as a specific requirement under the corporate governance code," he added.

Mr Appleby's comments come after research carried out by BreathScan, an alcohol-screening supplier, showed that only 22 per cent of FTSE 250 companies have clear alcohol awareness policies.

Kevin Wright, chief executive of BreathScan, said that outlining alcohol policy is "vital" if British firms are to survive and thrive in the current economic climate.


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