human rights statement

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We recognize that we can impact the human rights of our team members, guests, workers in the supply chain, as well as people in the communities in which we operate. In line with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Labor Organization Core Conventions, we are committed to respecting human rights throughout our operations.

In alignment with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, we respect human rights and seek to avoid adverse human rights impacts resulting from our business activities. We are continuously working to do better, but if there are adverse impacts, our approach is to provide access to effective remedy.

At Target, we help all families discover the joy of everyday life.  In adhering to our purpose and as part of our ongoing commitment to human rights, we conducted a mapping exercise to identify salient human rights issues across our business. Based on this assessment, we understand that we can impact human rights in the following ways: 

our team members

  • We value the more than 350,000 team members who work together to serve our guests, and we develop practices and policies to help them thrive in the workplace, such as our Code of Ethics.
  • We invest in our team by giving them opportunities to grow professionally, take care of themselves, each other and their families, and to make a difference for our guests and our communities.
  • We embrace diversity and strive to give everyone access to the same opportunities. We do this through inclusive guest experiences, inclusive work environments, workforce diversity and societal impact, in addition to our Equal Employment Opportunity and Harassment-Free Workplace Policy.
  • We’re committed to providing a safe environment for both team members and guests, with dedicated safety programs to reduce or eliminate workplace hazards, including our Injury and Illness Protection Program.
  • We believe that engaging directly is the best way to meet our team members’ needs, as we respect the rights of workers to make an informed decision as to whether or not to associate with any group, consistent with all applicable laws.

our guests

  • We are committed to offering guests products, services and experiences that meet their diverse needs – regardless of size, body type, race or abilities. To meet this commitment, we have dedicated inclusivity training for all of our product designers, merchandising teams, and marketing teams, in addition to processes for reviewing assortment decisions.

our supply chain

  • We are committed to respecting the human rights of workers within Target’s supply chain, especially at-risk groups including women, young workers, and foreign contract workers. 
  • We expect all our suppliers to respect human rights, comply with Target’s Standard of Vendor Engagement and all applicable laws pertaining to human rights. Target’s Responsible Sourcing Program monitors worker safety and labor compliance in facilities that produce Target owned brand or exclusive products, as well as those that produce nationally branded products for which Target is the importer of record.
  • We will do our part to validate that clean, drinkable water and sanitation are accessible for the workers in Target’s supply chain.
  • Target is a member of the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) organization, and adopted its wastewater guidelines to help reduce unwanted chemicals in the manufacturing process for Target’s products and to help prevent our suppliers from discharging wastewater into surrounding communities.
  • We take a risk-based approach to supply chain management, and we continually assess and address the risks that emerge and evolve over time.

our communities

  • We believe in being good neighbors wherever we operate, focusing on creating opportunities for our teams, in addition to accelerating economic development and vitality, and helping power the prosperity and wellbeing of our communities.
  • We are focused on nurturing a diverse workforce in the communities where we do business with equitable access to hiring, development and advancement.
  • One of our greatest opportunities to foster communities is through our philanthropic efforts as we give 5% of our profits back to the communities we call home, as we have since 1946.


At Target, we believe that all team members have a shared responsibility for respecting human rights. Our Vice President of Corporate Responsibility has executive oversight, but day-to-day implementation of our human rights commitments are led by numerous teams. They are supported by a cross-functional taskforce that reviews and addresses emerging human rights issues on an as-needed basis. The Governance Committee of our Board of Directors provides oversight over our overall corporate responsibility efforts, including human rights, and alignment of such efforts with our overall strategy. Given the breadth of the human rights topic, the full Board of Directors and other committees of the Board also have oversight roles over certain components. For example, the Risk & Compliance Committee oversees our risk management policies and procedures associated with employment and workplace conduct practices and safety and environmental matters.


We will conduct ongoing due diligence, as well as engage with our stakeholders to better understand our salient human rights issues. We will develop and implement training on this policy for relevant Target team members and suppliers, and will report on our progress in our annual Corporate Responsibility Report. Additionally, Target’s Integrity Hotline is available to team members and suppliers with concerns about potential violations of our Code of Ethics.