Last updated: February 2015
Supermarkets under the Spotlight
The UK supermarket sector still has much work to do to improve its overall ethical and environmental performance. Supermarkets need far more robust policies on a vast swathe of ethical issues from treating their suppliers fairly to their continued support of inhumane factory farming.
Scandals have shocked the sector, and the horsemeat fiasco has left consumer confidence shaken. The big four retailers (Tesco, Sainsbury's, Morrisons and Asda have experienced falling sales and market share. Commentators highlight changing consumer habits such as a switch to online grocery shopping combined with supermarkets' increasingly complex offerings and vast range of products as reasons behind the fall in sales.
However, the growing popularity of discounters such as Lidl and Aldi has also had a negative effect on sales for the big four. We turn our attention to these discounters and discover whether farmers and workers are paying the price for their cheap prices in-store.
For a detailed comparison read our ethical shopping guide into supermarkets.