Fruit, Vegetables & Salad Crops
Find out more about our approach to sourcing produce
Fresh Produce is very important to M&S; we source over 100,000 tonnes of fresh whole fruit, vegetables and salad crops each year. At M&S, we know that the best food comes from the best growers, so when it comes to choosing the farms we work with, we go to great lengths.
We are proud to work with growers who uphold high production standards, but also who support workers and communities, provide wildlife habitats, protect soil and water resources and ensure the land is managed for the benefit of future generations. Due to the international and seasonal nature of Fresh Produce supply chains, this area is particularly high risk from a human rights and environmental perspective; our suppliers are facing significant pressures from climate change to systemic human rights issues such as worker exploitation.
In the face of these challenges, working with responsible supplier partners and growers who uphold high standards and collaborating with specialists and the wider industry to address some of these challenges collectively is crucial to ensure we continue to supply our customers high quality produce in years to come, protect workers, support livelihoods and minimise environmental impact.
As an evolution to these plans we will extend our environmental programme across international fresh produce growers too in 2022.
On human rights, our ambition is to accelerate change by leading with others. We’re committed to working collaboratively with suppliers, civil society, governments and other businesses on human rights to inform our approach, participating in coalitions such as the Spanish Ethical Trade Forum and the FLA, sharing our experiences and helping to address root causes and influence systemic positive change.