Responsible Retailing

We act responsibly and listen hard to the issues that really matter to our customers, colleagues, communities and suppliers. Our diverse corporate responsibility programme helps us to take good care of the environment and make a positive contribution to society.

Highlights - 2017/18

  • 34% reduction in operational carbon emissions
  • 1.8 billion calories removed from our own brand soft drinks
  • 100% British own-brand fresh beef, pork, chicken, lamb, milk and eggs
  • £9 million raised for farmers through our For Farmers range
  • 140,000 meals donated to FareShare
  • £10m donated to charities through Morrisons Foundation
  • In 2018, we announced a commitment that by 2025 all own brand plastic packaging will be recyclable, reusable or compostable
  • 27% of our leadership team are female.

Read our 2017/2018 report here

Healthy eating - To help our customers make healthy choices, we’ve cut the prices of many fresh food items to make them more affordable. We’ve also removed confectionary from our checkouts, signed up to the Government’s salt reduction targets and taken out 1.8 billion calories from our own brand soft drinks.

Supplier partnerships - We’re passionate about supporting British farmers. We’ve a ‘Milk for Farmers’ brand. We raised £9 million for farmers through our For Farmers range. And we’ve 100% own-brand British beef, lamb, pork, chicken, milk and eggs. We’ve also launched a variety of initiatives to help our suppliers look after their workers and improve their performance, animal welfare and food quality and safety.

Responsible sourcing - We’re committed to buying our products from environmentally and socially responsible suppliers.

Reducing waste - We’re well on our way to achieving zero store waste through a range of initiatives. We’ve also introduced 20 types of ‘Wonky Veg’ and redesigned our loose bags on Market Street to save 53 tonnes of packaging.

Changing our use of plastic - We’re committed to reducing unnecessary packaging, using recyclable or recycled material wherever possible, and working with suppliers on packaging innovation to ensure our packaging is only there to protect and preserve the product it contains. We’ve signed up to the UK Plastics PACT to ensure that by 2025, all of our own-brand plastic packaging will be recyclable, reusable or compostable. And we’ve removed single-use carrier bags, plastic straws and plastic stem cotton buds.

Carbon emissions - We’ve exceeded our target and reduced operational carbon emissions by 34% since 2005.

Global Ghost Gear Initiative - We’re supporting members of this initiative that helps to address the issue of lost fishing gear that causes animal entanglement. 

Unsold food programme - Since 2016, we’ve donated 3.4 million unsold, safe to eat food items to community groups. While our manufacturing sites and distribution centres redistribute surplus edible food, including donating 140,000 meals to FareShare in 2017.

Charities - CLIC Sargent provides support for young cancer patients and their families. Since launching our partnership with the charity, our colleagues, customers and suppliers have raised over £5m. We’ve also helped to raise over £600,000 for the Marie Curie Daffodil Appeal and introduced a ‘veterans pie’ to raise funds for Walking With The Wounded. The Morrisons Foundation donated £10m to charities in 2017/18. While our stores donate goods, and help to raise thousands of pounds for local charities.

You can find out more about our charity partnerships and the Morrisons Foundation here.

Hear from the Morrisons Choir, who've taken part in a unique sing-a-thon across 8 locations raising money for CLIC Sargeant. 

Quieter hour - We were the first supermarket to introduce a Quieter Hour across all stores between 9am and 10am every Saturday morning. This creates a quieter and calmer environment to help customers with additional sensory needs, such as those with autism. We dim lights, turn our music off, avoid announcements and limit the movement of stock around the shop floor.

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