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Target has already taken the important steps of addressing critical aspects of forest protection in our business and supply chain:
We support responsibly managed forests, and to that end, introduced our new Responsible Sourcing Policy on Forest Products in 2017. This policy helps us toward our long-term intention that all wood, paper, paper-based packaging and wood-based fiber used in the owned brand products we purchase and sell is sourced from well-managed forests that have been credibly certified and/or are from post-consumer recycled materials. We also expect timber to not be harvested in violation of traditional or civil rights, per credible certifying organizations. We’ve started with products containing wood or paper-based materials, like tissues and paper towels, wrapping paper, furniture and wood-based fibers used in textiles, such as rayon. We also are working on sourcing our owned-brands’ packaging from sustainably managed forests.
By the end of fiscal year 2020 our priority owned brands (Spritz, up&up, Cat&Jack, Pillowfort, Threshold, and Smith&Hawken) had all made significant progress on implementing our forest products policy. This work was an effort across our design, sourcing, buying, marketing, and packaging teams. Additionally, many of our vendor partners were willing to commit to higher standards for all the forest products they source for Target which meant that all owned brands benefited from the work done in these priority brands. In 2020 Target received an FSC Leadership award for our work in supporting supplier’s efforts to achieve certified status.
In addition, we support the approach being taken by a collaboration of clothing designers, retailers and brands, who are working with the environmental nonprofit Canopy as part of the CanopyStyle initiative. All Target owned brand garment vendors have committed to viscose apparel garment supply chains that are free of ancient and endangered forests, endangered species and controversial sources by agreeing to eliminate the highest risk supplies of viscose as identified by Canopy’s Hot Button report.
read more about our support of the CanopyStyle initiative
Because of the environmental and social risks in certain palm oil supply chains, Target engages with suppliers and participates in initiatives to increase the sustainability of its palm oil supply chain. Target will continue to collaborate with supply chain partners and industry stakeholders to leverage our collective scale, influence and expertise to promote sustainable palm oil. We will also continue to report annually on our progress through our Corporate Responsibility Report.
learn more about our palm oil aspirations for 2022
The majority of soy used in our supply chain is in the feed in the animal protein products we sell. Because of the domestic nature of our owned brand meat supply, this sourcing does not pose a material deforestation risk.
Soy is also a prevalent ingredient in packaged goods. However, based on the nature of this commodity, traceability and sourcing locations can be difficult to isolate. We analyzed the soy sourcing practices of our suppliers for our packaged goods with highest volumes of soy and found that this sourcing is also largely domestic and does not pose a material deforestation risk.
Within our owned brands, cattle sourcing takes two forms – beef and leather. We have evaluated our owned brand sourcing position in beef, and recognize that with our sourcing locations of the US and Australia (grass-fed) – we have a limited deforestation impact. We are also active members of the US Roundtable on Sustainable Beef to ensure we are sourcing beef responsibly where it is most material to our business.
We are also a member of the Leather Working Group, and through that effort have been collecting data on our leather sourcing volumes. In 2019 we will create an appropriate plan to address leather based off those findings.
Southeast Asia supplies 90 percent of the world’s rubber, and this demand has caused significant deforestation. Our initial data collection efforts have indicated that the rubber in some of our owned brand products is likely in these regions. As such, we have started conversations with external stakeholders and other brands to determine how we might best mitigate our impact in this commodity and engage in multi-stakeholder engagements.
In 2017 we announced five new packaging goals, including sourcing all owned brand paper-based packaging from sustainably managed forests by 2022. We are currently working with our vendors to understand the origin of raw materials that go into our owned-brand paper-based packaging to source from sustainably managed forests that will inform a baseline and strong foundation to activate against this goal.
We recognize that one of many devastating effects of deforestation is its contribution to climate change. Trees remove carbon dioxide, and when they are cut down we lose not only the value of carbon capture, but those trees also release stored carbon. We introduced a climate policy and goals to address emissions across our supply chain, which aim to reduce our absolute Scope 1, 2 and 3 greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent below 2017 levels by 2030, as well as help 80 percent of our suppliers set science-based reduction targets on their Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2023. These goals are approved by the Science-Based Targets initiative, and build on our commitments to source 100% renewable energy and improve energy efficiency in our domestic operations.
Freshwater Stewardship Approach
Water, is one of our world’s most critical natural resources. Deforestation and forest degradation have had negative impacts on many global watersheds and a decline in water quality and quantity around the globe. As we believe that clean, drinkable water and sanitation are human rights and should be accessible for all, we recognize the interdependence of clean water and forests. In acting as stewards of freshwater, we recognize our current and future efforts to end deforestation are directly related to our water efforts.