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 for agriculture contribute to climate change and damage 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.
By 2025, we are aiming for all key risk commodities to be assured zero deforestation or zero conversion of land that has high conservation value.
All the palm oil in our own-brand products is already Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certified. To ensure we only use sustainable soya in our supply chains, by 2025 we aim for any soya used in animal feeds to be certified to a Morrisons-recognised standard that assures zero deforestation. And as members of the UK Roundtable on Sustainable Soya, 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 asks that by 2025, none of our corned beef products are sourced from deforestation and land conversion risk areas.
We’re facing a biodiversity crisis with wildlife, soils and forests under threat. We recognise biodiversity is vital to functioning ecosystems and this underpins a healthy food system. We’re taking a range of actions in our supply chain to support positive change, including helping farmers to transition to more regenerative principles of farming and working towards having zero deforestation in key risk commodities by 2025. Visit our biodiversity page to learn more.
Access to fresh water is under stress from climate change. In response, we’re developing a water stewardship and reduction plan for our stores, sites and our own-brand supply chains in areas of water scarcity. Visit our sustainable water management page to learn more.
Responsible fish and seafood
We take care to source fish and seafood responsibly, sourcing from a wide range of sustainable fisheries. Our own seafood processing operations, which include sites in Grimsby and Cornwall, supply 80% of the fish and shellfish that we sell. As well as benefiting local economies, selling a broader range of locally sourced species takes pressure off global fish stocks and reduces transport miles.
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.
Morrisons uses third-party certification to ensure our fisheries are credible and sustainable, with 99% of farmed seafood certified to global sustainable seafood initiative standards.
Responsibly sourced textiles
We source commodities responsibly and in a way that protects the environment and respects the rights of workers. In 2021, 93% of the cotton used in our Nutmeg clothing line was 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 we intend all the viscose we use to come from responsibly managed forests.