Like our customers, we care where our food comes from.
From land and forests to the seas, the environments that produce our food are under huge pressure today. We’re working hard to make sure that our products contribute to a sustainable future.
Zero deforestation and land conversion
Deforestation and land conversion contributes to climate change and damages biodiversity. Yet every year, millions of acres of natural forest are destroyed by illegal logging, poor forest management and the growing demand for forest and agricultural products.
We’re committed to zero deforestation in ‘forest risk’ supply chain areas – which include palm oil and soy – by 2025. All the palm oil in our own-brand products is already Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certified. To ensure we only use sustainable soy in our supply chains, by 2025 any soy used in animal feeds must be certified to a Morrisons recognised standard that assures zero deforestation. And as members of the UK Roundtable on Sustainable Soy, we're also committed to public reporting on this issue.
When we sell wood and wood-derived products, they must either be Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified or from an approved alternative source, if FSC products are not available in the volumes we need.
In 2020 we introduced a new policy which ensures none of our corned beef products are sourced from deforestation and land conversion risk areas.
Responsible fish and seafood
We take care to source fish and seafood responsibly and support sourcing from a wide range of sustainable fisheries. As the retailer with the broadest range of British-caught fish and seafood, we work hard to offer alternatives that reduce stress on commonly bought species. Selling a broader range of locally sourced species also takes pressure off global fish stocks, reduces transport miles and can support local communities. We support groups that are advocating for sustainable marine supply chains, including the Global Tuna Alliance and the North Atlantic Pelagic Advocacy Group. All tuna used in our own-brand products must be caught by pole and line or from sources that do not use fish aggregation devices, which can lead to higher levels of ‘bycatch’ (when other species are caught unintentionally). Our Ocean Disclosure Project data lists all of the fish used as ingredients in our food.
Responsibly sourced textiles
We source commodities responsibly and in a way that protects the environment and respects the rights of workers. In 2021, 27% of the cotton used in our Nutmeg clothing line is sourced as Better Cotton, a global initiative that promotes better standards in cotton farming practices. By 2025, 100% of our cotton will be sourced this way. And by 2025, all the viscose used in Nutmeg clothing will come from responsibly managed forests.
In November 2021 we launched a new cleaning range – Morrisons eco – to provide customers with more environmentally friendly alternatives to many staple household products.
Managing water use
Access to fresh water is under stress from climate change. In response, we’re developing a water stewardship and reduction plan for our own-brand supply chains in areas of water scarcity.
We are working with partners (including WRAP and the WWF) to support collaborative project work in areas of high water stress to help better understand challenges and solutions to sustainable water management. We have installed water meters across all our sites.
Fifty per cent of our fresh food will be from areas with sustainable water management, our top 20 most important sourcing areas will have sustainable water management, and all key own brand supply chains sourced from higher risk water areas will have mitigation plans in place by 2030.