goals & reporting

about our corporate responsibility goals

In our 2013 Corporate 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 also report our third year of progress toward our goals, explaining whether we’re exceeding, on track or need improvement.

2013 goals & progress

 
 

environment

2015 goal: 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.

2013 progress

45%

of Seafood Selection is Sustainable

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FYE 2013 45%
FYE 2012 50%
FYE 2011 40%

At the end of fiscal 2013, 45 percent of the fresh and frozen seafood we sell in our U.S. stores met our goal criteria. While that’s a 5 percent decrease from the 50 percent we reported in 2012, we learned that we had overstated our 2012 progress due to errors in data validation. We’ve since established a more rigorous verification process and in 2014 we’ll be convening stakeholders to eliminate confusion over the industry’s multiple sustainability certifications, with a focus on shrimp and tilapia. We expect to meet our goal. Learn more (PDF)link opens in a new window"

2017 goal: increase organic food offerings

on track

Increase organic food offerings by 25 percent.

2013 progress

13%

Increase in Organic Food Offerings

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FYE 2017 GOAL 25% 
FYE 2013 13% 
FYE 2011 NEW 

We made strong progress toward our goal in 2013 – a 13 percent increase in our offering of organic food and beverages. Learn more (PDF)link opens in a new window

2016 goal: improved owned-brand packaging sustainability

on track

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

2013 progress

32

Enhanced Packaging Designs

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FYE 2016 GOAL 50
FYE 2013 32
FYE 2012 11
FYE 2011 NEW

By the end of fiscal 2013, we had improved the design of 32 packages, 21 of which were completed in 2013 alone. For a package design to meet our goal, we require at least a 10 percent improvement in one of several attributes – either by reducing the overall material used, including more recycled and renewable content, or reducing product waste. Learn more (PDF)link opens in a new window

2015 goal: improve transportation efficiencies: inbound

exceeding

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.

2013 progress

16%

Improvement in Cartons/Mile (C/M)

We’ve surpassed our goal early, but we’ll continue to measure progress through FYE 2015 to ensure we maintain our high level of performance.

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FYE 2015 GOAL 15% 
FYE 2013 16% 
FYE 2012 26% 
FYE 2011 29%
FYE 2008 1.1 C/M

We reduced loads and miles inbound to our distribution centers by continuing to make upgrades to our transportation management system, which enables us to optimize deliveries. We expect to keep improving in 2014 with more efficient product pickups from smaller vendors by our carrier partners, which account for about half of our load pickups. Learn more (PDF)link opens in a new window

2015 goal: improve transportation efficiencies: outbound

exceeding

Improve the efficiency of general merchandise transportation outbound to distribution centers by 20 percent and support the adoption of cleaner and more fuel-efficient transportation practices.

2013 progress

22%

Improvement in Cartons/Mile (C/M)

We’ve surpassed our goal early, but we’ll continue to measure progress through FYE 2015 to ensure we maintain our high level of performance.

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FYE 2015 GOAL 22% 
FYE 2013 24% 
FYE 2011 22% 
FYE 2008 9.95 C/M

We reduced loads and miles outbound from our distribution centers by shipping more efficiently to our CityTarget stores and continuing to make upgrades to our transportation management system, which enables us to optimize deliveries. We expect to keep improving in 2014 - two new food distribution centers will reduce the number of miles necessary for delivering fresh food to our stores. Learn more (PDF)link opens in a new window

2015 goal: increase ENERGY STAR certifications

on track

Earn ENERGY STAR status for at least 75 percent of our U.S. buildings.

2013 progress

45%

U.S. Buildings Certified

In 2012, we accurately reported the number of buildings certified to date, but incorrectly indicated that the number represented 45 percent of our buildings. In fact, the number was equivalent to 34 percent of our buildings.

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FYE 2015 GOAL 75%
FYE 2013 45%
FYE 2012 34%
FYE 2011 21%
FYE 2009 8%

At the end of fiscal 2013, 827 of our U.S. buildings earned ENERGY STAR certification – 45 percent of our U.S. buildings in all. We expect 580 more of our U.S. buildings to be certified in 2014 and 2015, enabling us to meet our goal. Learn more (PDF)link opens in a new window

2015 goal: reduce greenhouse gas emissions: per square foot

on track

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

2013 progress

7.1%

Reduction per Square Foot

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FYE 2015 GOAL -10% 
FYE 2013 -7.1% 
FYE 2012 -8.4% 
FYE 2011 -5.0% 
FYE 2007 0.0112 TONS CO2 EQ./SQ. FT. 

Our emissions per square foot increased 1.3 percent over 2012, though overall we have reduced emissions by that measure by 7.1 percent compared to our 2007 baseline. We’re confident that we’ll achieve our goal of a 10 percent reduction by the end of 2015. Learn more (PDF)link opens in a new window

2015 goal: reduce greenhouse gas emissions: per retail sales

needs improvement

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

2013 progress

7.4%

Reduction per Million Dollars of Retail Sales

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FYE 2015 GOAL -20% 
FYE 2013 -7.4% 
FYE 2012 -10.5% 
FYE 2011 -3% 
FYE 2007 46.75 TONS CO2 EQ./$M RETAIL SALES 

Our emissions per million dollars of retail sales increased 3.2 percent over 2012, though we have reduced emissions by that measure by 7.4 percent since our 2007 baseline year. Reduced sales growth places more emphasis on emissions reductions as we work toward meeting this goal. Learn more (PDF)link opens in a new window

2015 goal: reduce waste

needs improvement

Reduce operating waste sent to landfills by 15 percent.

2013 progress

0.9%

Reduction per Square Foot

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FYE 2015 GOAL -15% 
FYE 2013 -0.9% 
FYE 2012 -1.4% 
FYE 2011 +1.0% 
FYE 2009 32% WASTE TO LANDFILL

Our progress toward sending less waste to landfills slowed in 2013, putting us at risk of not meeting our 2015 goal. Composting in our stores is our biggest challenge, since many locations lack the local infrastructure for hauling and process organic waste. We are, however, expanding team member composting in 2014. Learn more (PDF)link opens in a new window

2015 goal: reduce water use

needs improvement

Reduce water use by 10 percent per square foot.

2013 progress

4.8%

Reduction per Square Foot

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FYE 2015 GOAL -10% 
FYE 2013 -4.8% 
FYE 2012 +2.2% 
FYE 2011 -0.3% 
FYE 2009 3.42 BILLION GALLONS 

We used 3.43 billion gallons of water in 2013, down 4.8 percent per square foot from our 2009 baseline. We continued to face challenges in our efforts to use less water. The main reason: increasing and upgrading landscaping at our facilities has increased the need for irrigation. We’re optimizing our irrigation system settings and testing more efficient spray heads. Learn more (PDF)link opens in a new window

team member well-being

2015 goal: 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.

2013 progress

18%

of 401(k) Participants

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FYE 2015 GOAL 30% 
FYE 2013 18% 
FYE 2012 17% 
FYE 2011 18% 
FYE 2010 15% 

By the end of 2013, just over 18 percent of team members participating in the Target 401(k) plan were using Financial Engines, an in-person and online investment and 401(k) management service provided by Target. We're working to increase that number through communications to 401(k) participants companywide. Learn more (PDF)link opens in a new window

2015 goal: increase health assessments

on track

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

2013 progress

45%

of Enrolled Team Members and Spouses and Domestic Partners

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FYE 2015 GOAL 80% 
FYE 2013 45% 
FYE 2012 26% 
FYE 2011 20% 
FYE 2010 26% 

We significantly increased team member participation in the online health assessment to 45% by making it easier to access and allowing team members to earn dollars for their medical plan accounts for completing it We plan to continue these strategies and expect to meet our goal. Learn more (PDF)link opens in a new window

2015 goal: increase biometric health screenings

on track

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

2013 progress

60%

of Enrolled Team Members and Spouses and Domestic Partners

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FYE 2015 GOAL 80% 
FYE 2013 60% 
FYE 2012 38% 
FYE 2011 24% 
FYE 2010 15% 

We saw a significant increase in team members completing a biometric screening, which helps them better understand their risk for preventable chronic diseases. We plan to continue to offer free on-site screenings, another step that team members can take to earn dollars for their medical plan accounts. Learn more (PDF)link opens in a new window

2015 goal: 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.

2013 progress

55%

of Enrolled Team Members and Dependents

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

While our 2013 progress was flat to last year, we built momentum toward our goal with our “For You. For Them.” communications campaign, encouraging women to get screened for the sake of their loved ones and themselves and asking team members to talk with the women in their lives about the importance of breast cancer screenings. Learn more (PDF)link opens in a new window

2015 goal: increase cervical cancer screenings

needs improvement

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

2013 progress

59%

of Enrolled Team Members and Dependents

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

Despite an awareness campaign that included home mailers and outreach by phone, we saw a slight decrease in our progress. We’ll continue to increase our outreach and awareness efforts to try to reach our goal. Learn more (PDF)link opens in a new window

2015 goal: increase colon cancer screenings

on track

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

2013 progress

43%

of Enrolled Team Members and Dependents

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

Although our progress was flat to last year, we continued to make testing more convenient by providing easy-to-use at-home test kits to eligible team members. We also mailed information about the importance of colon cancer screenings to team members. Learn more (PDF)link opens in a new window

2015 goal: 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.

2013 progress

75%

of Enrolled Team Members and Dependents

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

In 2013, 75 percent of eligible team members and dependents were tested for diabetes, keeping us on track to reach our goal. In 2014, we’re sharing the importance of a semiannual glucose test, also know as HbA1c testing, at our on-site health well-being events. Learn more (PDF)link opens in a new window

education

2015 goal: double education support

on track

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

2013 progress

$875M

Cumulative Support of Education

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FYE 2015 GOAL $1B 
FYE 2013 $875M 
FYE 2012 $777M 
FYE 2011 $679M 
FYE 2009 $500M 

We’re well on track to meet our 2015 goal of $1 billion for education, with $98 million donated in 2013 through programs like Give with Target, local education grants and partnerships with reading-focused organizations. Learn more (PDF)link opens in a new window

2015 goal: increase TCOE giving

on track

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

2013 progress

$387M

Cumulative Giving to Schools Nationwide

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FYE 2015 GOAL $425M 
FYE 2013 $387M 
FYE 2012 $354M 
FYE 2011 $324M 
FYE 2010 $298M 

We donated 1 percent of guests’ REDcard purchases – $32 million in all – to more than 85,000 schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Learn more (PDF)link opens in a new window

volunteerism

2015 goal: increase volunteer hours

achieved

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.

2013 progress

1 Million

Volunteer Hours

NEW GOAL: VOLUNTEER 1 MILLION HOURS Maintain 1 million volunteer hours annually.

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FYE 2013 1M 
FYE 2012 679K 
FYE 2011 475K 
FYE 2010 430K 

Our team members enabled us to exceed our goal of 700,000 volunteer hours two years early by logging 1 million hours in 2013. We set a new goal to maintain that number every year. Learn more (PDF)link opens in a new window