Morrisons focuses on sustainability with suppliers

By Michelle Perrett

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Morrisons to offer own-label suppliers software to measure, track and forecast their operational carbon emissions.
Morrisons to offer own-label suppliers software to measure, track and forecast their operational carbon emissions.

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Morrisons is to offer 400 of its own-label suppliers access to a new industry-leading software platform that can accurately measure, track and forecast their operational carbon emissions.

The move to give the suppliers access to Manufacture 2030 is part of a commitment from the supermarket chain to lower the amount of carbon emitted in its wider supply chain.  

Morrisons said it is working with its own-brand suppliers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and will be encouraging them to reduce emissions associated with the sourcing, manufacture and transportation of their products.  The aim is to achieve a 30% reduction in supply chain Scope 3 carbon emissions by 2030.  

Guidance and Advice

The software tool will also provide guidance and advice on reducing emissions - via expert recommendations, monthly webinars and peer-to-peer problem solving. Morrisons said this would focus on operational emissions, energy efficiency, on-site renewable energy generation, and waste to landfill - while making processes more resource and cost efficient. 

Morrisons will fund the cost of the tool for each of its own-brand suppliers and the programme will be rolled out to a wider group of suppliers in phases throughout 2022.  

Steve Butts, head of corporate services at Morrisons, said: “We’re asking our own-brand suppliers to join with us to tackle greenhouse gas emissions. As Morrisons is ‘vertically integrated’ - we manufacture more than half of the fresh food we sell - we’re in a unique position to be able to offer support to the industry.

Reduce footprint

"We expect that this programme will remove thousands of tonnes of carbon from our supply chain a year - to make it easier for our customers to reduce the footprint of their shopping baskets.” 

Morrisons has brought forward its commitment to reach net zero carbon emissions in its own operations - from 2040 to 2035 - five years earlier than initially pledged and 15 years ahead of the UK government’s target to decarbonise all sectors of the UK economy by 2050.  

Meanwhile, the supermarket chain has revealed that it is to give away 10,000 wonky carrots as part of an initiative called ‘Carrots for Rudolph.’  The move aims to introduce children to wonky veg and encourage families to buy it.

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