goals & reporting

about our corporate responsibility goals

In our 2012 corporate responsibility report, we share what we’ve done in the past year to continue our commitment to environmental sustainability, responsible sourcing, strong, healthy and safe communities, being a great place to work, and our legacy of giving and service.


We also share our second year of progress toward our corporate responsibility goals, explaining whether we’re on track or need improvement. We believe our work toward these goals can help create a brighter future for our team members, our communities and the world we live in.

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2012 goals & progress

 
 

environment

increase sustainable seafood selection

on track

Ensure that our fresh and frozen seafood selection is 100 percent sustainable, traceable, or in a time-bound improvement process 

 
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by FYE 2015 100% <text> 
FYE 2012 50% 
FYE 2011 40% 

As of FYE 2012, 50 percent of our seafood assortment is sustainable, traceable or in a time-bound improvement process, progress we attribute to our work to improve sustainable sourcing of shrimp and tilapia, as well as introducing canned tuna that is caught via responsible fishing practices. Learn more (PDF)

increase organic food offerings

new

Increase organic food offerings by 25 percent

 
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by FYE 2015 100% <text>
FYE 2012 50% 
FYE 2011 40% 

We set a new goal to increase our offering of organic food and beverages, including baby food and nutrition supplement bars by FYE 2017, part of our commitment to expand our selection of sustainable products and address our guests' growing interest in organic options. Learn more (PDF)

improve owned-brand packaging sustainability 

on track

Enhance at least 50 owned-brand packaging designs to be more sustainable

 
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by FYE 2015 100% 
FYE 2012 50%
FYE 2011 40% 

By FYE 2012, we completed 11 sustainable packaging projects by reducing materials and including more recycled and renewable content, resulting in an annual savings of more than 813,000 pounds of material. Learn more (PDF)

improve transportation efficiencies: inbound

on track

Improve the efficiency of general merchandise transportation inbound to distribution centers by 15 percent and support the adoption of cleaner and more fuel-efficient transportation practices

We’ve surpassed our goal early; however, we’ll continue to measure progress through FYE 2015 to ensure we maintain our high level of performance.
 
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by FYE 2015 100% 
FYE 2012 50% 
FYE 2011 40% 

By FYE 2012, we improved our inbound transportation efficiency by 26 percent to 1.4 cartons per mile over our FYE 2009 baseline, progress we attribute to more efficient trailer loading and routing practices. Learn more (PDF)

improve transportation efficiencies: outbound

on track

Improve the efficiency of general merchandise transportation outbound from distribution centers by 20 percent and more fuel-efficient transportation practices

 
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by FYE 2015 100% 
FYE 2012 50% 
FYE 2011 40% 

By FYE 2012, we improved our outbound transportation efficiency by 24 percent to 12.3 cartons per mile over our FYE 2009 baseline, progress we attribute to more efficient trailer loading and routing practices. Learn more (PDF)

reduce greenhouse gas emissions: per square foot

on track

Reduce Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent per square foot

 
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by FYE 2015 100% 
FYE 2012 50% 
FYE 2011 40% 

Our greenhouse gas emissions per square foot decreased 8.4 percent from our FYE 2007 baseline through energy efficiency projects like lamp retrofits in our stores and equipment monitoring. Learn more (PDF)

reduce greenhouse gas emissions: per retail sales

on track

Reduce Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent per million dollars of retail sales

 
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by FYE 2015 100% 
FYE 2012 50% 
FYE 2011 40% 

Our greenhouse gas emissions per million dollars of retail sales decreased 10.5 percent from our FYE 2007 baseline through energy efficiency projects like lamp retrofits in our stores and equipment monitoring. Learn more (PDF)

increase ENERGY STAR certifications

on track

Earn the ENERGY STAR for at least 75 percent of U.S. Target buildings

 
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by FYE 2015 100% 
FYE 2012 50% 
FYE 2011 40% 

By FYE 2012, 631 U.S. Target buildings earned the ENERGY STAR, making 45 percent of our U.S. buildings certified, progress we've achieved through energy efficiency projects completed as we remodel our stores. Learn more (PDF)

reduce waste

on track

Reduce the amount of operating waste sent to landfill by 15 percent

 
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by FYE 2015 100% 
FYE 2012 50% 
FYE 2011 40% 

By FYE 2012, our waste to landfill decreased 1.4 percent from our FYE 2009 baseline, bringing, our total annual waste to 31 percent, progress we attribute to our expanded plastics recycling program and new protein and metal donation programs. Learn more (PDF)

reduce water use

needs improvement

Reduce water use by 10 percent per square foot

 
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by FYE 2015 100% 
FYE 2012 50% 
FYE 2011 40% 

By FYE 2012, we used 3.59 billion gallons of water, representing a 2.2 percent increase in water use per square foot from our FYE 2009 baseline, putting us behind schedule to reach our goal. Widespread drought conditions and the warmest year on record in the United States increased the need for irrigation to sustain landscaping. We installed "smart irrigation" systems at more stores in 2012 and we expect those to contribute positively to our progress in coming years. Learn more (PDF)

team member well-being

increase health assessments

needs improvement

Increase the percentage of team members and spouses/domestic partners enrolled in a Target health plan completing a health assessment to 80 percent

 
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by FYE 2015 100% 
FYE 2012 50% 
FYE 2011 40% 

In 2012, 26 percent of enrolled team members and their spouses/domestic partners completed a health assessment via our redesigned online health well-being portal, a modest improvement over 2011 but flat to our 2010 baseline. In 2013, we'll continue to communicate the value of health assessments to team members and offer meaningful rewards for completion. Learn more (PDF)

increase biometric health screenings

on track

Increase the percentage of team members and spouses/domestic partners enrolled in a Target health plan completing a biometric screening to 80 percent

 
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by FYE 2015 100% 
FYE 2012 50% 
FYE 2011 40% 

In 2012, 38 percent of enrolled team members and their spouses/domestic partners completed a biometric screening, due in part to more convenient access to screenings at our expanded on-site health well-being events. Learn more (PDF)

increase breast cancer screenings

on track

Increase the percentage of eligible team members and dependents enrolled in a Target health plan getting breast cancer screenings to 76 percent

 
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by FYE 2015 100% 
FYE 2012 50% 
FYE 2011 40% 

In 2012, 55 percent of eligible team members and dependents got a breast cancer screening, a decrease from our 2011 baseline despite increased communication to team members. In 2013, we'll incorporate breast cancer self-exam and screening educational materials into our on-site health well-being events and explore ways provide more convenient access to screenings. Learn more (PDF)

increase cervical cancer screenings

modified

Increase the percentage of eligible team members and dependents enrolled in a Target health plan getting cervical cancer screenings to 79 percent

 
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by FYE 2015 100%
FYE 2012 50% 
FYE 2011 40% 

In 2012, 61 percent of eligible team members and dependents got a cervical cancer screening, a decrease from our 2011 baseline but on track toward our goal. Based on additional capabilities that improve the accuracy of our measurement of screening rates, we've updated the FYE 2011 baseline metric that we previously reported.  We continue to explore new initiatives and communication tactics that educate team members on the value of cervical cancer screenings. Learn more (PDF)

 

increase colon cancer screenings

on track

Increase the percentage of eligible team members and dependents enrolled in a Target health plan getting colon cancer screenings to 63 percent

 
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by FYE 2015 100% 
FYE 2012 50% 
FYE 2011 40% 

In 2012, 43 percent of eligible team members and dependents got a colon cancer screening-progress due in part to mailing a simple at-home kit to eligible team members to make testing more convenient. We plan to continue this campaign annually. Learn more (PDF)

increase diabetes HbA1C testing compliance

on track

Increase the percentage of eligible team members and dependents enrolled in a Target health plan getting diabetes testing to 91 percent

 
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by FYE 2015 100% 
FYE 2012 50% 
FYE 2011 40% 

In 2012, 74 percent of eligible team members and dependents were tested for diabetes, a decrease from our 2011 baseline but on track toward our goal.  In 2013, we'll partner with third-party vendors to implement a diabetes prevention program to help team members follow the appropriate care guidelines for their condition. Learn more (PDF)

increase use of financial tools

needs improvement

Increase the percentage of  team members participating in the Target 401(k) who are using financial tools and resources provided by Target to 30 percent

 
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by FYE 2015 100% 
FYE 2012 50% 
FYE 2011 40% 

In 2012, 17 percent of Target 401(k) participants used Financial Engines, a rate driven by a drop in use of the free online financial advice tool and increased use of the Professional Management Program. In 2013, we'll increase communication to team members and continue our annual campaign for Financial Engines, emphasizing the free online advice feature. Learn more (PDF)

 

education

double education support

on track

Double Target's year-end 2009 cumulative support of education, with a focus on reading, to $1 billion

 
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by FYE 2015 100%
FYE 2012 50% 
FYE 2011 40% 

In 2012, we donated $98 million for education through programs like Give with Target (our social giving campaign through Facebook), local store and distribution center grants, and partnerships with reading-focused organizations. Learn more (PDF)

increase TCOE giving

on track

Increase cumulative giving to schools nationwide through Target's signature Take Charge of Education (TCOE) program to $425 million

 
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by FYE 2015 100% 
FYE 2012 50% 
FYE 2011 40% 

We gave more than $29 million in Take Charge of Education (TCOE) donations to more than 85,000 schools in 2012. Learn more (PDF)

increase reading proficiency:

improve even more school libraries

achieved

Complete an additional 32 Target School Library Makeovers at in-need schools

 
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by FYE 2015 100% 
FYE 2012 50% 
FYE 2011 40% 

In partnership with the Heart of America Foundation, we completed 32 Target School Library Makeovers in 2012, bringing a transformed library space, at least 2,000 new books, and a minimum of 10 iPads to each school. Learn more (PDF)

increase reading proficiency: increase reading support

achieved

Provide $1.5 million in grants to more than 100 Target School Library Makeover alumni schools to increase reading achievement

 
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by FYE 2015 100% 
FYE 2012 50% 
FYE 2011 40% 

In 2012, we awarded grants totaling $1.5 million to more than 100 Target School Library Makeover alumni schools, who used the funds for reading materials and resources. Learn more (PDF)

increase reading proficiency: implement literacy pilots

achieved

Implement innovative literacy pilots in two additional school districts

 
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by FYE 2015 100% 
FYE 2012 50% 
FYE 2011 40% 

We implemented literacy pilots in 12 schools in the Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., school districts in 2012, building on a pilot launched at six Minneapolis elementary schools in 2011. Learn more (PDF)

volunteerism

increase volunteer hours

on track

Strengthen local communities and help kids learn, schools teach and parents and caring adults engage by increasing team member volunteer hours to 700,000 annually

 
Volunteer Hours
by FYE 2015 700k volunteer hours
FYE 2011 475+ volunteer hours
FYE 2010 430k volunteer hours

In 2012, team members gave more than 679,000 volunteer hours to communities globally. Learn more (PDF)