Human Rights

We work to ensure that everyone who helps to make our products is treated with dignity and respect, in safe and fair workplaces.

We have a responsibility to respect the internationally recognised human rights of workers in our business and global supply chains, and our approach is informed by the United Nations Guiding Principles (UNGPs). We also strongly believe that when ethical standards are consistently upheld, this can improve worker wellbeing, productivity and quality, which benefits our suppliers, their workers and our customers.

Improving transparency

We are members of the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (Sedex), a not-for-profit membership organisation that supports responsible and ethical business practices in global supply chains. All suppliers of our own-brand products, and their manufacturing sites, are required to join Sedex and use it to share data with us. High risk suppliers must also regularly carry out an independent, third-party ethical audit.

As part of our commitment to transparency, we also publish details of all first-tier factories that make our Nutmeg clothing range and all our own-brand food and non-food products.

Collaborating to improve supply chains

Morrisons is  an active member of several initiatives that support companies to establish good practice including the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) and the Food Network for Ethical Trade (FNET). We work with these organisations on collaborative improvement projects throughout our food, clothing and general merchandise supply chains. Through our ETI membership, we supported a Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office sponsored project to secure workers rights in our fresh produce and flower supply chains in East Africa, which were disrupted by the Covid pandemic. This project delivered positive impacts for over 8000 workers, including training on financial literacy and business continuity to support the sector’s future resilience.

Morrisons partners with Better Cotton to improve cotton farming globally. In 2021, 27% of the cotton used in our Nutmeg clothing and homeware lines is sourced as Better Cotton, and by 2025, 100% of our cotton will be sourced this way. 

Training

Training, awareness building and engagement are key elements of our approach to managing human rights risk in our global supply chains. 

So that everyone understands how they can support our human rights ambitions, we provide regular training for key functions such as Buying and Technical. We also make sure that our colleagues are aware of the risks that could impact their roles, and recently delivered bespoke training on modern slavery and labour exploitation to over 10,000 workers in our Manufacturing and Logistics divisions.

All our suppliers can also access free training through our sponsorship of initiatives such as Stronger Together and the Responsible Recruitment Toolkit. Over 1500 supplier delegates have now attended these sessions to help them drive improvements in their own businesses.

Placements for slavery survivors

We support the Bright Futures initiative in the UK, which helps survivors of modern slavery back into work. We have welcomed the first survivors on to placements in our Manufacturing operations in 2021.