Morrisons farming programme
Morrisons work with British farmers to ensure the industry remains competitive, profitable and sustainable.
Buying 100% British
Morrisons continue to lead the market through our commitment to buying
British meat. All our own brand fresh meat sold in our stores remains 100% British on fresh
beef, lamb, pork and chicken.
Research and development
Morrisons vertical integration, and its public commitment to British sourcing of key proteins, means that a competitive British farming industry is essential to the business. We don’t just buy from the farmers we work with; we work with them to improve their business and ours. To do this more effectively, we established an expert-led programme in 2009.
Morrisons Farming Programme
Morrisons farming programme looks at ways of making UK livestock production more sustainable and resilient, working with the farming community and industry experts.
Our farming programme covers a broad range of issues from keeping British produce competitive with imports, strengthening our commitment to animal welfare and broader sustainability. At the core of the programme are our supply chain groups that help us to ensure that the work we do is fully focused on current practical issues affecting suppliers and their concerns for the future. The groups are comprised of farmers and processors and cover all species- beef, pork, lamb, chicken, eggs, cheese and milk.
Ocean disclosure project
Seafood generates significant economic output, affects livelihoods around the world and is a major in global food source. However, there are significant challenges to ensure that seafood is brought to marketplace from responsible supply chains.
For our part, to minimise the impact on the marine environment we carefully verify that there is sufficient stock in the fisheries we buy from and ensure the catch method is responsible and fisheries are carefully managed.
We are signatories to the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership’s Ocean Disclosure Project. This means we publish data on the fisheries we use and their sustainability data.
Find out more about where we source our fish, catch methods and environmental practices of our fisheries.
Love food, Hate waste
As signatories to the Courtauld Commitment, we work collaboratively to support WRAP with its industry target to reduce household food and drink waste.
Our challenge is to help our customers think more about their food waste, make the most of the food they buy in our stores, whilst helping them to save money, reduce waste and minimise their own environmental impact.
We actively support WRAP’s Love Food Hate Waste campaign; this is driven through our corporate social media channels, website and internal communications.
We provide information, hints and tips on how best to plan their food shopping, store food once it’s bought and then utilise leftovers to save money and reduce waste.
Morrisons online shoppers can better manage the contents of their fridge through the information set out on their customer receipt, which includes product by product details of where to store their items and when they need to be used by.
Carrier bag charging
While we encourage Morrisons customers to use a longer lasting ‘bag for life’ we understand there will always be some demand for single use carrier bags. To minimise their impact our carrier bags use recycled material and are exceptionally durable, allowing them to be reused, which we encourage.
We are using proceeds generated from the levy on carrier bags to support the Morrisons Foundation.
Morrisons have been working hard to reduce Campylobacter levels in fresh chicken.
We have introduced a Campylobacter reduction plan which, following independent tests has shown significant improvements year on year. Our results for the whole of 2015 are below the 7% FSA target.
The Morrisons Corporate Responsibility programme is underpinned with responsible business practices and policies. Our stakeholders are interested in our position on key issues, such as our approach to animal welfare or how we work with our suppliers to ensure good working conditions. These and a range of other issues including our sustainable sourcing policies, are covered by the information here.
Find out our policies on the issues that matter most to Morrisons customers.
Morrisons Ethical Trading Programme
With thousands of products sold in our stores, our supply chain and the people within it span the globe.
Monitoring our standards
Customers expect us to take responsibility for fair supply chain working conditions, protection of workers' rights and good relationships with our suppliers. Our Ethical Trading Code sets out the standards on working conditions and human rights that we expect all suppliers to adhere to, and is incorporated into our standard terms and conditions of purchase for all suppliers. In our Ethical Trading Policy, we set out our requirements for all own-brand and exclusive suppliers to demonstrate compliance with our Ethical Trading Code.
Training and engagement
We're also committed to building the capacity of our colleagues and our suppliers to help improve working conditions in our supply chain.
- We provide a range of practical tools and training sessions to support suppliers, including our Supplier Ethical Trading Handbook, online webinar training, and face-to-face sessions in key sourcing countries.
- We train technical, commercial and manufacturing colleagues on the importance of ethical trading and our standards. In addition, our Global Sourcing office in Hong Kong is equipped to engage closely with suppliers in the region to drive improvements.
- We also play an active role in a variety of multi-stakeholder networks to collaborate on improving working conditions in global supply chains.
Tackling modern slavery
Forced labour and human trafficking are abhorrent abuses of human rights where exploitative criminals prey on vulnerable people. Modern slavery is a complex issue to tackle so we work collaboratively to help develop long-term solutions with suppliers, other businesses, NGOs and government.
For example, we're a founder sponsor of Stronger Together, which brings together retailers, manufacturers, labour providers and support bodies, to reduce human trafficking, forced labour and other hidden third party exploitation of workers. We've also joined with EU and US retailers, Thai processors and NGOs to form a task force to address labour abuse in the Thai seafood industry.
We'll report in detail on how we are tackling modern slavery, in our first Slavery and Human Trafficking statement in line with the UK's Modern Slavery Act.