goals & reporting

As a global corporate citizen, we believe it is our shared responsibility to tackle issues that not only create business opportunities. We can leverage our size, scale and value chain to drive real change. In our 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility Report, we share what we’ve done over the past year—and where we’re headed. We are proud about the progress we have made so far, and committed to continuous improvement.

2016 goals & progress

2011: 0% (baseline)

2013: 13%

2014: 26%

2015: 114%

2016: 139% (exceeded)

Increase organic food offerings by 25 percent by 2017

Focus Area: Products

2016 Progress

139% increase

Next Steps

We are proud to share that as of 2016 we increased our organic food offerings in our stores by 139 percent. Target will continue to expand its organic offerings in stores.

2011: 0 (baseline)

2013: 32

2014: 65

2015: 153

2016: 162 (exceeded)

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

Focus Area: Products

2016 Progress

162 packaging designs

Next Steps

We exceeded this goal and delivered 162 enhanced packaging designs by the end of 2016. Examples of this work include: less packaging; more recyclable packaging; and use of recycled content in packaging.

2016: 68% (baseline) (in progress)

By the end of 2018, remove artificial flavors, preservatives, sweeteners and colors from all of our owned-brand children's items

Focus Area: Products

2016 Progress


Next Steps

Within Target’s owned brands, many kids’ items are already free of artificial flavors, preservatives, sweeteners and colors – as well as added artificial trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. We are working to ensure all kids’ items – including mac and cheese, fruit snacks, animal crackers and more – meet these requirements by the end of 2018.


2012: 679,000

2013: 1,000,000

2014: 1,177,079

2015: 1,100,502

2016: 1,105,628 (exceeded)

Volunteer one million hours annually

Focus Area: Communities

2016 Progress

1,105,628 hours

Next Steps

We are proud of our passionate team members who helped us maintain our goal of one million volunteer hours annually. We are committed to contributing a minimum of one million volunteer hours each year going forward.

2016: 76% (baseline) (in progress)

Achieve ENERGY STAR certification in 80 percent of our buildings by 2020

Focus Area: Planet

2016 Progress

76% of buildings certified

Next Steps

In 2016, we restarted our ENERGY STAR certification process and have achieved certification in 1,409 of our buildings. We will continue to pursue ENERGY STAR certification, as we anticipate meeting this goal earlier than expected.


2010: 17.11 kWh/SF (stores baseline)

2013: 16.47

2014: 16.50

2015: 16.87

2016: 16.72 (in progress)

Reduce the energy intensity per square foot in our stores by 10 percent by 2020

Focus Area: Planet

2016 Progress

16.72 kWh/SF (stores)

Next Steps

Target continues to reduce our energy intensity per square foot by pursuing efficiency projects in HVAC, lighting and refrigeration. In 2016, we reduced our energy intensity by 2.32 percent from our 2010 baseline. In 2017, we will continue to make significant investments in LED lighting conversions in pursuit of our 2020 goal.


2014: 104

2015: 193

2016: 350 (in progress)

Add solar rooftop panels to 500 of our stores and distribution centers by 2020

Focus Area: Planet

2016 Progress

157 completed in 2016; bringing total to 350

Next Steps

Target is proud to have installed solar arrays at 350 locations to date. We were even named the No. 1 corporate solar installer in the U.S. by the Solar Energy Industry Association. With our 2016 installations, we entered into five new states (Colorado, Maine, Michigan, New Hampshire and Wisconsin). Our aim is that by 2020, we will have installed solar at 150 more locations to reach our goal of 500 locations total.

2015: 0 (baseline)

2016: 40 MW (in progress)

Expand our investment in offsite renewable energy to complement onsite renewables by 2020

Focus Area: Planet

2016 Progress

In 2016 we signed a Virtual Power Purchase agreement with Stephen’s Ranch Wind Farm in Texas. The 40 MW offtake of wind power is roughly equivalent to the power needs of 60 stores in Texas.

Next Steps

Our next step is to negotiate additional offsite renewable energy contracts.

2016: 580 stores and 5 FDCs (baseline) (in progress)

Introduce hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) free refrigerants in our food distribution centers and stand-alone refrigerated display cases by 2020

Focus Area: Planet

2016 Progress

585 buildings have HFC-free refrigerant storage space.

Next Steps

All five of our Food Distribution Centers use HFC-free refrigerants for cold storage areas, and 580 Stores have HFC-free refrigerants in stand-alone cases. These units not only save energy (up to 50 percent more efficient than the ones they replaced), they also eliminate greenhouse gasses that are thousands of times more powerful than carbon dioxide. Moving forward, we look to increase the number of HFC-free refrigeration cases by requiring all new purchases of Stand-Alone units less than 2,200 BTU/hour to use HFC-free refrigerants. As part of our commitment to reduce HFC emissions, we have also become a member of the EPA's GreenChill program.


2010: 13.54% gal/SF (baseline)

2016: 11.68% (exceeded)

Reduce water use by 10 percent per square foot in our stores by 2020

Focus Area: Planet

2016 Progress

11.68 gal/SF, 13.7% reduction to 2010 baseline

Next Steps

We have achieved our 2020 goal with a 13.7 percent water reduction in 2016, but our work doesn’t stop there. Our commitment to be a good steward of this important natural resource is driven by our efficient operations. Some of our initiatives include reducing water use by utilizing more efficient restroom fixtures and constantly innovating our irrigation strategy to improve asset efficiency.


2016: 72.3% (baseline) (exceeded)

Divert 70 percent of our retail waste from landfills through reuse or recycle programs by 2020

Focus Area: Planet

2016 Progress


Next Steps

We exceeded our goal of 70 percent retail waste diversion by 2020, and finished off 2016 with a diversion rate of 72.3 percent. We are currently evaluating our next diversion goal, which will be more aggressive.

CEO, Brian Cornell

a message from our CEO

Target has long been a place that brings people together. We take pride in helping families discover the joy in their everyday lives, whether it’s by making a weekly Target Run, finding an outfit for their newborn, or running into a neighbor at one of the hundreds of community projects we sponsor each year.

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CSO, Jennifer Silberman

Q&A with our VP of CSR

Jennifer Silberman provides a closer look at Target's corporate social responsibility strategy.

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2016 GRI Index

This report has been prepared in accordance with the GRI Standards: Core option, which we recognize as the most credible standard for reporting on environmental, social and governance performance issues most important to our business and stakeholders.

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Understanding and prioritizing the issues that matter to our business and our stakeholders enables us to address the right issues and report on them effectively. It also allows us to focus our resources, evolve our strategy and tailor our reporting to align with the interests and needs of our business and our stakeholders.

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stakeholder engagement

We aim to leverage our size, scale and reach to positively impact the communities in which we serve and operate. Going beyond what we can achieve in our own operations and with our vendors, we collaborate with NGOs, governments, industry organizations and other businesses to innovate solutions to the most pressing issues we face today.

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