At Morrisons we recognise the responsibility that we share with our suppliers to buy, produce and sell our products in an ethical manner. We strongly believe that when human rights are respected and ethical standards are consistently delivered, this can improve worker wellbeing, productivity and quality, which benefits both our suppliers and our customers
Our Ethical Trading Policy and Ethical Trading Code remain at the heart of our approach to monitoring, managing and mitigating human rights risk in our supply chain, setting out key rights for workers, including wages, working hours, safety, freedom of association and discrimination. We operate a risk based, due diligence approach supported by the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (Sedex), and where higher risk is identified we require suppliers to demonstrate compliance with our Code through the provision of independent third party ethical audits.
Collaboration with external partners plays a key role in our approach as the issues we face are often complex and complicated. Morrisons has been actively engaged with the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) since 2015, and were confirmed as full members in 2018. Membership enables us to join forces with other businesses, trade unions, and civil society organisations to support wider advocacy and drive positive change in our supply chains.
We are also active members of the Food Network for Ethical Trade (FNET), which brings together major UK supermarkets and over 30 large food suppliers to improve human rights in global supply chains through a common approach to managing ethical trade. This initiative provides tools, support and guidance for our tier one suppliers to assess risk in their own global ingredient supply chains and take ownership for driving improvement.
Our Ethical Trading Policy is a fundamental element of our commitment and it requires all own-brand suppliers to demonstrate compliance with our Ethical Trading Code (ETC).