goals & reporting

In our 2015 Corporate Social Responsibility Report, we share what we’ve done over the past year—and where we’re headed—to continue our commitment to designing tomorrow’s Target through our value chain, building community and creating a great workplace. We’re proud that we surpassed almost half of the 20 goals we set and made strong progress on many of the goals that expired in 2015.

2015 goals & progress

environment

increase organic food offerings exceeded

Increase organic food offerings by 25 percent by 2017.

2015 progress 114% Increase

We achieved this goal two years early, increasing organic food offerings by 114 percent since 2012. Learn more (PDF)link opens in a new window

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FYE 2015 Goal 25%
FYE 2014 26%
FYE 2013 13%
FYE 2012 Year the goal was reported
FYE 2011 0%

improve owned-brand packaging sustainability exceeded

Enhance at least 50 owned-brand packaging designs to be more sustainable by 2016.

2015 progress 153 Packaging Designs

We improved the design of 153 Target owned-brand packages, exceeding our goal by over 100 packaging designs. We continue to look for and deliver packaging improvements across our supply chain that reduce the impact of our packaging on the environment while ensuring we provide adequate protection to our products. Learn more (PDF)link opens in a new window

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FYE 2015 Goal 50
FYE 2014 65
FYE 2013 32
FYE 2012 11
FYE 2011 0

increase ENERGY STAR® certifications exceeded

Earn ENERGY STAR® status for at least 75 percent of U.S. Target buildings by 2015.

2015 progress 76% U.S. Buildings Certified

At the end of fiscal 2015, 1,409 of our U.S. buildings earned ENERGY STAR® certification—76 percent of our U.S. buildings in all. But we’re not done yet. We’re shooting to make 80 percent of our locations ENERGY STAR® certified by 2020. Learn more (PDF)link opens in a new window

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FYE 2015 GOAL 75%
FYE 2014 58%
FYE 2013 45%
FYE 2012 34%
FYE 2009 8%

reduce waste not achieved

Reduce the amount of operating waste sent to landfills by 15 percent by 2015.

2015 progress 5.03% Reduction

This goal is driven largely by the launch and execution of compost and organics recycling, which make up 30 percent of Target’s total tons to landfill. Due to delays in infrastructure development to support a nationwide roll out, we did not meet our goal. Learn more (PDF)link opens in a new window

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FYE 2015 Goal -15%
FYE 2014 -2.7%
FYE 2013 -0.9%
FYE 2012 -1.4%
FYE 2009 +32%

reduce greenhouse gas emissions: per retail sales not achieved

Reduce Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent per million dollars of retail sales by 2015.

2015 progress 16.7% Reduction

In 2015 we ended our goal period with a reduction in emissions of 16.7 percent per retail dollar sales. Although we did not meet our goal of 20 percent, we’ll continue to improve our operations in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by implementing energy efficiency projects and technologies. Learn more (PDF)link opens in a new window

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FYE 2015 Goal -20%
FYE 2014 -8.8%
FYE 2013 -7.4%
FYE 2012 -10.5%
FYE 2007 46.75 TONS CO2 EQ./$M

reduce greenhouse gas emissions: per square foot exceeded

Reduce Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent per square foot by 2015.

2015 progress 11.5% Reduction

We concluded our period with an 11.5 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions per square foot. Even though we exceeded our goal of 10 percent, we’re continuing to implement energy efficiency projects and technologies to improve the carbon footprint of our operations. Learn more (PDF)link opens in a new window

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FYE 2015 GOAL -10%
FYE 2014 -7.0%
FYE 2013 -7.1%
FYE 2012 -8.4%
FYE 2007 0.0112 TONS CO2 EQ./SQ. FT.

reduce water use exceeded

Reduce water use by 10 percent per square foot by 2015.

2015 progress 17.1% Reduction

We used 3.03 billion gallons of water in 2015, a decrease of 17.1 percent per square foot from our 2009 baseline. In 2015, we expanded our smart irrigation technology to an additional 601 locations. We are also working toward incorporating 75 percent native and sustainable plantings in each new U.S. store. We continue to seek innovative ways to reduce water use. Learn more (PDF)link opens in a new window

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FYE 2015 GOAL -10%
FYE 2014 -13.1%
FYE 2013 -4.8%
FYE 2012 +2.2%
FYE 2009 3.42 BILLION GALLONS

improve transportation efficiencies: inbound exceeded

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 by 2015.

2015 progress 36% Improvement

Target reduced loads and miles inbound to distribution centers by making improvements to our transportation management system, which enables us to optimize deliveries. We’re focused on driving greater efficiency by combining store deliveries with inbound vendor deliveries and thus driving more efficient use of Target’s capacity. Learn more (PDF)link opens in a new window

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FYE 2015 Goal 15%
FYE 2014 45.2%
FYE 2013 42.9%
FYE 2012 25.8%
FYE 2008 1.1 C/M

improve transportation efficiencies: outbound exceeded

Improve the efficiency of general merchandise transportation outbound from distribution centers by 20 percent and more fuel-efficient transportation practices by 2015.

2015 progress 26% Improvement

Target reduced loads and miles outbound from distribution centers by making improvements and becoming more proficient with our transportation management system. Target continues to apply a theoretical modeling methodology and tools to our transportation network design to ensure we drive as much efficiency as possible out of our network. Learn more (PDF)link opens in a new window

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FYE 2015 Goal 20%
FYE 2014 24.4%
FYE 2013 27.8%
FYE 2012 23.5%
FYE 2008 9.95 C/M

increase sustainable seafood selection not achieved

Ensure our fresh and frozen seafood selection is 100 percent sustainable, traceable or in a time-bound improvement process by 2015.

2015 progress 97% Sustainable, Traceable or in a Time-bound Improvement Process

Working hand-in-hand with our environmental partner FishWise, trusted vendors and other stakeholders, we’re proud to say we made it 97 percent to achieving our goal and achieved it for 100 percent of owned-brand items. Moving forward, we’ll aim to achieve full compliance across our fresh and frozen categories. Learn more (PDF)link opens in a new window

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FYE 2015 Goal 100%
FYE 2014 58%
FYE 2013 45%
FYE 2012 50%
FYE 2011 40%

team member well-being

increase use of financial tools not achieved

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 by 2015.

2015 progress 27.6% Participation

In 2015, 27.6 percent of eligible team members participated in the Target 401(k) financial tools and resources. We drove progress by having an increased focus on team members’ financial well-being and continue to increase the percent of team members participating in the Target 401(k) financial tools and resources. Learn more (PDF)link opens in a new window

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FYE 2015 GOAL 30%
FYE 2014 22.5%
FYE 2013 18%
FYE 2012 17%
FYE 2010 15%

increase health assessments not achieved

Increase the percentage of team members and spouses/domestic partners enrolled in a Target health plan completing a health assessment to 80 percent by 2015.

2015 progress 48% Completion

In 2015, 48 percent of eligible team members and spouses/domestic partners enrolled in a health plan completed the health assessment. We’re continuing to explore ways to increase access and participation, like through the rollout of Rally, a new digital wellness platform that incentivizes team members to improve their health. Learn more (PDF)link opens in a new window

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FYE 2015 GOAL 80%
FYE 2014 42%
FYE 2013 45%
FYE 2012 26%
FYE 2010 26%

increase biometric health screenings not achieved

Increase the percentage of team members and spouses/domestic partners enrolled in a Target health plan completing a biometric screening to 80 percent by 2015.

2015 progress 71% Completion

In 2015, 71 percent of team members and spouses/domestic partners enrolled in a Target health plan completed a biometric screening. Going forward, we’ll continue to offer free on-site screenings at all of our locations to help them better understand their risk for preventable chronic diseases and increase engagement. Learn more (PDF)link opens in a new window

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FYE 2015 GOAL 80%
FYE 2014 78%
FYE 2013 60%
FYE 2012 38%
FYE 2010 15%

increase breast cancer screenings not achieved

Increase the percentage of eligible team members and their dependents enrolled in a Target health plan getting breast cancer screenings to 76 percent by 2015.

2015 progress 59% Compliant

In 2015, 59 percent of eligible team members and dependents enrolled in a Target health plan received a breast cancer screening. We’ll continue to make progress and build awareness around the importance of all cancer screenings. Learn more (PDF)link opens in a new window

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FYE 2015 GOAL 76%
FYE 2014 60%
FYE 2013 55%
FYE 2012 55%
FYE 2011 57%

increase cervical cancer screenings not achieved

Increase the percentage of eligible team members and their dependents enrolled in a Target health plan getting cervical cancer screenings to 79 percent by 2015.

2015 progress 62% Compliant

In 2015, 62 percent of eligible team members and dependents enrolled in a Target health plan got a cervical cancer screening. We’ll continue to make this a focus by increasing outreach and awareness efforts. Learn more (PDF)link opens in a new window

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FYE 2015 GOAL 79%
FYE 2014 64%
FYE 2013 59%
FYE 2012 61%
FYE 2011 65%

increase colon cancer screenings not achieved

Increase the percentage of eligible team members and dependents enrolled in a Target health plan getting colon cancer screenings to 63 percent by 2015.

2015 progress 39% Compliant

In 2015, 39 percent of eligible team members and dependents enrolled in a Target health plan received a colon cancer screening. We’ll continue to make testing more convenient by providing at-home test kits and sharing information about the importance of colon cancer screenings. Learn more (PDF)link opens in a new window

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FYE 2015 GOAL 63%
FYE 2014 42%
FYE 2013 43%
FYE 2012 43%
FYE 2011 31%

increase diabetes HBA1C testing compliance not achieved

Increase the percentage of eligible team members and dependents enrolled in a Target health plan getting diabetes testing to 91 percent by 2015.

2015 progress 76% Compliant

In 2015, 76 percent of eligible team members and dependents were tested for diabetes. We’re continuing to explore innovative ways to increase diabetic compliance, including a glucose monitor pilot provided to eligible team members with reminders and real-time feedback on how they are managing their condition. Learn more (PDF)link opens in a new window

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FYE 2015 GOAL 91%
FYE 2014 76%
FYE 2013 75%
FYE 2012 74%
FYE 2011 75%

education

double education support exceeded

Double Target’s year-end 2009 cumulative support of education, with a focus on reading, to $1 billion by 2015.

2015 progress $1.038B Cumulative Support of Education

In 2015, we reached our goal to give $1 billion for education. Target’s support has provided $498 million in classroom resources; $218 million in reading programs; $125 million in higher education, scholarships and international grants; $104 million in education programs; and $93 million in arts in schools and hunger. We’ll continue to focus on youth, both in school and out, primarily through the lens of wellness. Learn more (PDF)link opens in a new window

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FYE 2015 GOAL $1B
FYE 2014 $974M
FYE 2013 $875M
FYE 2012 $777M
FYE 2009 $500M

increase TCOE giving exceeded

Increase cumulative giving to schools nationwide through Target’s signature Take Charge of Education (TCOE) program to $425 million by 2015.

2015 progress $432M Cumulative Giving to Schools, as of FY 2105

At time of publication, we’re proud to have donated more than $460 million in total to more than 120,000 schools across the country, with the help of our guests. After surpassing a milestone of giving $1 billion for education, TCOE has come to a close as of May 14, 2016. Learn more (PDF)link opens in a new window

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FYE 2015 GOAL $425M
FYE 2014 $419M
FYE 2013 $387M
FYE 2012 $354M
FYE 2010 $298M

volunteerism

increase volunteer hours exceeded

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 by 2015.

2015 progress 1,100,502 Hours

Our passionate team members enabled us to achieve our goal of maintaining 1 million volunteer hours annually, with a total of 1,100,502 hours volunteered in 2015. We will continue to strive for 1 million hours volunteered in 2016. Learn more (PDF)link opens in a new window

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FYE 2015 Goal 700K
FYE 2014 1,177,079
FYE 2013 1,000,000
FYE 2012 679,000
FYE 2010 430,000

a message from our CEO

CEO, Brian Cornell

At Target, our team is rallied around five core beliefs that give us a sense of purpose and serve as guides for how we show up for our guests, each other, and our communities each and every day.

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a Q&A with our chief CSR officer

Laysha Ward holding a child in her arms

Laysha Ward provides a closer look at Target’s corporate social responsibility strategy.

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2015 GRI Index

This report uses the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 framework, which Target recognizes as one of the most credible and widely-used standards for reporting environmental, social and governance performance. We believe it helps bring focus to our continued and evolving work as a responsible corporate citizen.

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materiality

We’ve conducted a formal materiality assessment, and qualitative and quantitative research to identify, evaluate and prioritize the top corporate responsibility issues for Target and our stakeholders.

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stakeholder engagement

We know we can do more good through partnerships. Our ongoing relationships with our stakeholder groups, community leaders, government agencies and non-governmental organizations help us understand the most pressing issues facing our communities. They also help us influence how we support our team members and guests.

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next steps on our goals

At Target, we set the bar high. We set goals in 2010 to push ourselves to new heights, and we made significant and meaningful progress in many of the areas we focused on. At the same time, we fell short in more places than we’d like. As we move forward, we’ll look at our material issues, our resources and the business and societal changes we’d like to see to inform the goals and metrics we set for the future. We plan to roll out a new goal framework later this year.