Our Approach

We want our customers to be confident that the people who make our products are treated fairly, and with respect for their internationally recognised human rights.

We are committed to upholding the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and have aligned our approach to addressing human rights risk against this global standard. We are a member of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) and utilise their Human Rights Due Diligence Framework as a key reference in the delivery of our programme. In addition we map our Corporate Responsibility reporting with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

We recognise the systemic nature of labour rights violations around the world and acknowledge that a deeper understanding of root cause and contributory factors is required to address these issues. Some of the worst abuses can occur where governments fail to protect worker’s rights and poor business practice results in a lack of responsibility in their duty of care for employees. This can be compounded further where trade unions are weak, or their activities are restricted, reducing workers capacity to bargain collectively for improvements in their conditions.  Both governments and business play an important role in ensuring that small-scale farmers are resilient and prosperous, earn a living income and receive a fair share of the value accumulated in food supply chains. We also acknowledge that workers can experience in-work poverty even where national minimum standards are met.

Our Ethical Trading Policy and Ethical Trading Code are at the heart of our approach to monitoring, managing and mitigating human rights risk in our supply chain. All suppliers are required to comply with our Ethical Trading code, which is included in our Supplier Standard Terms & Conditions of Purchase. We recognise our shared responsibility with suppliers to improve labour standards in our supply chains and are committed to increasing transparency of our supplier relations in order to make it easier to work with us. 

We have demonstrated a continued effort to purchase fairly and responsibly through a commitment to our obligations under the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (GSCOP), and are consistently one of the most improved UK supermarkets. We also fund a number of initiatives that provide free training and resources for our suppliers to support their own responsible sourcing programmes (see Collaborative Working and Tackling Modern Slavery Programme for more information).  

Our Corporate Compliance and Responsibility (CCR) Committee oversees our Ethical Trading programme.  The CCR Committee meets at a minimum 3 times a year and acts as a custodian of the policies and practices that define and safeguard the reputation of Morrisons, bringing experience, insight and perspectives to help guide our work. The Committee also pays close attention to the evolving views and expectations of the Group’s broad range of key stakeholders, and receives regular information and reports on developments.

In the past year topics for discussion and approval have included:

  • GSCOP compliance including training and results of internal reviews;
  • Health and safety incidents and actions taken and progress of initiatives;
  • Energy strategy and carbon reduction measures;
  • The development of our Ethical trading programme;
  • Human rights due diligence and impact assessment in our supply chain
  • Our approach to tackling Modern Slavery;
  • Redistribution of food waste;
  • Food safety and improvements;
  • Reducing plastic use and waste;
  • GDPR compliance;
  • Non-financial whistleblowing reports.

We also have several internal policies in place to enhance our commitment to operating ethically and ensuring that all our colleagues are treated with dignity and respect, including Anti-Bribery and Corruption, Right to Work, Respect in the Workplace and Whistleblowing. These policies are regularly updated and made available to all colleagues through our internal online “My Morri” platform. 

Please see the sections below to find out more about how we approach human rights due diligence  or take a look at our blog.