Planet & People
We take our responsibilities towards the planet and the people who work for us very seriously. This means our workers are paid fairly and have decent working and living conditions. We work to reduce our impact upon the planet. We use farming methods that reduce our use of chemical inputs. Our growers have greatly reduced their reliance on fossil fuels through the installation of solar panels and wind turbines. On our own farms we participate in stewardship schemes which help to protect wildlife and promote diversity.
MWW supply chain aims to produce as little waste as possible. Our food waste that is not fit for human consumption is used for animal feed or sent to an anaerobic digester for conversion into heat and fuel. Our cardboard boxes are reused or recycled and we use the supermarkets’ own plastic trays, which they return to us for continuous reuse.
Our supply chain is risk assessed to identify and reduce risk of unethical practices. We carry out annual audits on our own sites, as well as being subject to third party audits, and we use local specialists to help us develop ethical projects overseas and tackle unethical practices. All of our suppliers are subject to third party audits, as well as audits by us.
Corporate and Social Responsibility
MWW supports projects in the UK and overseas. This has included supporting private associations to develop poor communities and raise the standard of living. MWW has also worked with partners overseas to provide transport to and from work, free housing, medical care and education for our growers’ workforce. Our field workers in the UK and overseas have access to mobile welfare units.
In the UK and abroad MWW provides apprenticeships for workers.
We have worked with our overseas growers to improve water storage facilities and improve irrigation. This has reduced the effect of water abstraction on local communities. In the UK we have installed large water reservoirs for our own farms.
Our growers use mulch and water earlier in the day or later at night to reduce evaporation so that we don’t have to use as much water.
We follow internationally recognised standards on the use of water in agriculture.
We work with our growers and suppliers both in the UK and overseas to consider their water, soil, waste and pesticide usage to reduce food waste and their environmental footprint. Examples include increased use of biological controls to control pests and diseases and using Enviromesh and recyclable plastic to cover growing beds, reducing the use of pesticides.
Third Party Accreditation