goals & reporting

In our 2014 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 also report our fourth year of progress toward our goals, explaining whether we’re exceeding, on track or need improvement.

 
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2014 goals & progress

environment

increase sustainable seafood selection on track

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

2014 progress 58% of Seafood Selection is Sustainable

At the end of fiscal 2014, 58 percent of the fresh and frozen seafood we sell in our U.S. stores met our goal criteria. In 2014, we resourced all of our owned brand shrimp products so that they'd meet the policy, which will make a huge impact on 2015. And with 95 percent of new products in 2014 meeting our policy, we expect to meet our goal early for owned brands, by mid-2015. 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%

increase organic food offerings exceeded

Increase organic food offerings by 25 percent by 2017.

2014 progress 26% Increase in Organic Food Offerings

We achieved this goal two years early, increasing organic food offerings by 26 percent since 2012. In 2014, we expanded our Simply Balanced line of products, of which 40 percent are certified organic. Learn more (PDF)link opens in a new window

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FYE 2014 26%
FYE 2014 GOAL 25%
FYE 2013 13%
FYE 2012 NEW

improve owned-brand packaging sustainability exceeded

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

2014 progress 65 Enhanced Packaging Designs

By the end of fiscal 2014, we improved the design of 65 Target-owned-brand packaging, achieving the goal two years early. 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. Another way to meet the goal is to make packaging recyclable. Learn more (PDF)link opens in a new window

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FYE 2014 65
FYE 2014 GOAL 50
FYE 2013 32
FYE 2012 11
FYE 2011 NEW

reduce waste needs improvement

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

2014 progress 2.7% Reduction per Square Foot

In 2013, it became clear we would not meet this goal on time. Composting in our stores is our biggest challenge, since many locations lack the local infrastructure for hauling and processing organic waste. We made some progress in 2014 by expanding team member composting through our HQ locations, diverting 83 tons of waste from landfills. We will continue to focus on diverting retail waste from landfills through reuse or recycle programs. 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 2011 +1.0%

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 by 2015.

2014 progress 8.8% Reduction per Million Dollars of Retail Sales

We saw a slight decrease in our emissions per million dollars of retail sales over 2013, with an overall 8.8 percent reduction in emissions by this measure since 2007. Reduced sales growth continues to place more emphasis on emissions reductions as we work toward meeting this goal. 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 2011 -3.0%
FYE 2007 46.75 TONS CO2 EQ./$M

*Effective January 15, 2015, we operate as a single segment which includes all of our continuing operations, excluding net interest expense, data breach related costs and certain other expenses which are discretely managed. Our segment operations are designed to enable guests to purchase products seamlessly in stores, online or through mobile devices. See Note 28 of our Financial Statements for a reconciliation of our segment results to earnings before income taxes.

reduce greenhouse gas emissions: per square foot on track

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

2014 progress 7.0% Reduction per Square Foot

Our emissions per square foot increased 0.1 percent over 2013, though overall we have reduced emissions by that measure by 7 percent compared to our 2007 baseline. 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 2011 -5.0%
FYE 2007 0.0112 TONS CO2 EQ./SQ. FT.

increase ENERGY STAR® certifications on track

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

2014 progress 58% U.S. Buildings Certified

At the end of fiscal 2014, 1,000 of our U.S. buildings earned ENERGY STAR certification – 58 percent of our U.S. buildings in all. We expect 313 more of our U.S. buildings to be certified in 2015, enabling us to meet our goal. 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 2011 21%
FYE 2009 8%

reduce water use exceeded

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

2014 progress 13.1% Reduction per Square Foot

We used 3.2 billion gallons of water in 2014, a decrease of 13.1 percent per square foot from our 2009 baseline. 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 2011 -0.3%
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.

2014 progress 45.2% Improvement in Cartons/Mile (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. In 2014, we also achieved more efficient product pickups from smaller vendors by our carrier partners, which account for about half of our load pickups. We expect to keep improving in 2015. Learn more (PDF)link opens in a new window

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FYE * 2015 GOAL 100%
FYE 2014 45.2% (2013)
FYE 2013 42.9% (16%)
FYE 2012 25.8% (26%)
FYE 2011 29.3% (29%)
FYE 2008 1.1 C/M

*Due to changes in tracking methods, we have restated percentage of improvements over 2008 for the years 2011-2013 in parenthesis.

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.

2014 progress 24.4% Improvement in Cartons/Mile (C/M)

We reduced loads and miles outbound from our distribution centers by continuing to make upgrades to our transportation management system, and by building two new food distribution centers in 2014 that reduced the number of miles necessary for delivering fresh food to our stores. We expect to keep improving in 2015. Learn more (PDF)link opens in a new window

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FYE * 2015 GOAL 100%
FYE 2014 24.4% (2013)
FYE 2013 27.8% (22%)
FYE 2012 23.5% (24%)
FYE 2011 22.3% (22%)
FYE 2008 9.95 C/M

*Due to changes in tracking methods, we have restated percentage of improvements over 2008 for the years 2011-2013 in parenthesis.

team member well-being

increase health assessments on track

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.

2014 progress 42% of Enrolled Team Members and Spouses and Domestic Partners

While health assessment completion decreased slightly in 2014 (down 3 percent), we’re confident we’re tracking to meet our 2015 goal based on several new initiatives. We continue to make the health assessment easier to access and allow team members to earn dollars for their medical plan accounts. In 2014, we rolled out a new health well-being rewards website, offering easier access, an improved user experience and more resources and incentives. We’ve already seen improvements in engagement and participation. 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 2011 20%

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 by 2015.

2014 progress 78% of Enrolled Team Members and Spouses and Domestic Partners

In 2014, 78 percent of team members and spouses/domestic partners enrolled in a Target health plan completed a biometric screening, which helps them better understand their risk for preventable chronic diseases. We plan to continue to offer free on-site screenings at all of our locations, another step that team members can take to earn dollars for their medical plan accounts. 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 2011 24%

increase use of financial tools on track

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.

2014 progress 22.5% of 401(k) Participants

By the end of 2014, 22.5 percent of team members participating in the Target 401(k) plan were using financial tools and resources provided by Target. In 2014, we drove progress against this goal by creating easier access to resources and allowing individuals to personally assess their financial wellness, find financial information based upon a life event, or find tools that help them reach a financial goal. We will continue these efforts in 2015 to increase participation companywide. 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 2011 18%

increase breast cancer screenings on track

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

2014 progress 60% of Eligible Enrolled Team Members and Dependents

In 2014, 60 percent of eligible team members and dependents enrolled in a Target health plan got a breast cancer screening, keeping us on track toward our goal of 76 percent annually by the end of fiscal year 2015. We continue to communicate and build awareness around the importance of all cancer screenings (breast, cervical and colon), and drive incentives for participation through our health well-being rewards program to increase engagement. 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 needs improvement

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

2014 progress 64% of Eligible Enrolled Team Members and Dependents

With the efforts behind an awareness campaign that included home mailers and outreach by phone, we saw an increase in cervical cancer screening participation to 64 percent in 2014. We’ll continue to increase our outreach and awareness efforts throughout 2015 to try to reach our goal. 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 needs improvement

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

2014 progress 42% of Eligible Enrolled Team Members and Dependents

In 2014, 42 percent of eligible team members and dependents enrolled in a Target health plan received a colon cancer screening (down slightly from 2013). We’ll ramp up progress on this goal by continuing to make testing more convenient by providing easy to use at-home test kits to eligible team members and mailing information about the importance of colon cancer screenings to team members. 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 on track

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

2014 progress 76% of Enrolled Team Members and Dependents

In 2014, 76 percent of eligible team members and dependents were tested for diabetes, keeping us on track to reach our goal. In 2015, we are exploring innovative ways to increase diabetic compliance with recommended care, including a glucose monitor pilot that provides enrolled members with reminders and realtime 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 on track

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

2014 progress $974M Cumulative Support of Education

Target is well on track to meet our 2015 goal of $1 billion for education, with $974,000,000 cumulative support for education given since 2011. Learn more (PDF)link opens in a new window

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FYE 2015 GOAL $1B
FYE 2014 $975M
FYE 2013 $875M
FYE 2012 $777M
FYE 2011 $679M

increase TCOE giving on track

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

2014 progress $419M Cumulative Giving to Schools Nationwide

In 2014, we donated $31,722,837 to more than 84,000 schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, bringing us to $418.8 million – or 98.5 percent of our $425 million goal. 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 2011 $324M

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.

2014 progress 1.17 Million Volunteer Hours

Our goal-oriented team members enabled us to achieve our goal of maintaining 1 million volunteer hours annually, with a total of 1,177,079 hours in 2014. We did so by creating volunteer hour goals for every Target location (inclusive of U.S., India and Canada). Learn more (PDF)link opens in a new window

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FYE 2015 1 Million
FYE 2014 1,177,079
FYE 2013 1,000,000
FYE 2012 679,000
FYE 2011 475,000

2014 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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