sustainable products implementation guide

Even a few small lifestyle changes can make a big difference for the planet, so Target offers products that make it easier for guests to incorporate more sustainable choices into their lives. By offering better-for-you, clean and transparent products that are affordable and accessible, we’re working together to make an even bigger impact.

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scope

  • All Owned-Brand products
  • Target’s Chemicals policy also applies to National Brands
  • Food and grocery categories, packaging, etc. may have additional requirements not captured within this document
  • Note: This guide is a condensed overview of existing sustainability-related requirements, guidelines and goals and commitments for Owned-Brand products at Target. This is not a detailed explanation of all requirements.

terminology

  • Requirements: musts or necessities (e.g., comply with all laws, responsible management of key environmental, social and/or animal welfare impacts)
  • Goals: Target publicly-made commitments
  • Guidelines: recommended approach (i.e., goes above and beyond typical requirements, often in place to prepare for future Target publicly-made commitment) 
  • OB: Target Owned Brands (e.g., Cat & Jack, up&up, Threshold)
  • NBE: National Brand Exclusive (e.g., DENIZEN by Levi’s, EVOLVE from 2(X)IST)

priority areas for products

  • Raw materials: cotton, polyester, forest-products, palm oil, down
  • Chemicals: textiles, formulated products 
  • Manufacturing practices: energy, water
  • raw materials : minimize panel

    requirements for all product production

    guidelines:

    • Know your supply chain. Traceability and transparency are important and, in some cases, will be required in the future. 
    • Understand where and how inputs are grown, harvested, collected, processed, converted, manufactured, etc. Best-in-class vendors are investigating and piloting technologies that will support full traceability and transparency.

    cotton

    Cotton, in both its virgin and recycled forms, is a staple fiber in Target products and is vital to our business. Target is committed to leveraging our scale to drive positive change within the cotton industry.

    Scope:

    • All cotton used in OB and NBE products 

    Goal:

    • Source 100% sustainable cotton by year-end 2022 for Target OB and NBE products in apparel, home and essentials

     Acceptable options:

    • Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), Cotton LEADS™, organic or recycled

    view our approach to sourcing sustainable cotton

    learn more about our goals

    forest products

    Target is committed to sourcing wood-based products from well-managed forests to avoid contributing to deforestation or forest degradation.

    scope:

    • All OB products and packaging containing a majority of wood fiber-based material (e.g., wood, pulp, paper, man-made cellulosic (MMC) fibers)
    • All wood and wood fiber-based materials (e.g., solid, composite, pulp, paper, MMC) in products made primarily of wood.
    • Out of Scope example: small wooden handle on a plastic bucket 

    goals: 

    • All SPRITZ products that are primarily wood/pulp/paper will meet Target policy by 2018
    • All Pillowfort, up&up, Cat & Jack products that are primarily wood/pulp/paper/MMC will meet Target policy by 2020
    • All Threshold and Smith & Hawken products that are primarily wood/pulp/paper/MMC will meet Target policy by 2022

    acceptable options: 

    • Chain of custody certifications with a preference for Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification.
    • Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) may also be used for assurance, unless otherwise specified. 
    • Assurance by documentation/data collection may be used in some categories
    • MMC-based apparel garments will adhere to the CanopyStyle pledge

    view our approach to sourcing wood-based products from well-managed forests

    learn more about our goals

    palm oil and palm oil derivatives

    scope:

    • This policy applies to palm oil and palm oil derivatives in Target’s OB food, household cleaning, personal care, baby care, beauty, cosmetic products and household candles.  

    goals:

    • Our goal is for palm oil in our products to be certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) or an equivalent standard with a mass balance, segregated, or identity preserved supply chain certification by the end of 2022. 
    • Target aims to trace its palm oil supply chain to the mill level by the end of 2022.

    acceptable options:

    • RSPO certified via mass balance, segregated, or identity preserved supply chains. 
    • Vendors must also complete the bi-annual vendor survey 
    • View our Palm Oil Commitment 

    more details from Partners On-Line

    learn more about our goals

    polyester

    scope:

    • All polyester used in OB and NBE products

    goal:

    • Replace conventional polyester with polyester made from recycled plastic in Target OB apparel, accessories, and home products

    acceptable options:

    • Polyester from Target-approved suppliers 

    more details from Partners On-Line

    learn more about our goals

  • chemicals : minimize panel

    Our guests want to know about the chemicals used to make their favorite products, and they look to Target for better options for their families. So in 2017, we launched a new strategy, including a chemical policy and goals, to help us manage chemicals across our assortment and operations. We believe that by supporting our vendors in being more transparent about the ingredients in products, we can spur innovation across all of our product categories and operations, and help reduce unwanted substances from the homes and workplaces of millions of guests.

    scope:

    • All OB, NBE and National Brands

    requirements for all:

    guidelines:

    • Know your supply chain. Traceability and transparency are important and, in some cases, will be required in the future. 
    • Best-in-class vendors are investigating and piloting technologies that will support full traceability and transparency. 

    View our approach to chemicals across our assortment and operations 

    textile products

    MRSL/RSL will apply to all Owned-Brand products for Target, and currently includes the following product and facility types:

    • Clothing (entire garment/textile product, including trims)
    • Non-clothing, fabric only (furniture, bedding, footwear, umbrellas, etc.) 
    • Facility (MRSL only) – clothing, non-clothing fabric, dyeing/finishing forward 

    view our Textiles RSL MRSL (will be updated on ongoing basis)

    flame retardants

    • Goal: Improve textile products by removing added flame retardants that are potential carcinogens or pose harm to the guest, workers or communities by 2022. 
    • Guidelines – use only FR that meets goal.  

    perfluorinated chemicals (PFC’s) 

    • Goal: Improve textile products by removing added Perfluorinated Chemcials (PFC’s) from products by 2022. 
    • Required – No added PFOA or PFOS for Apparel (see RSL below) 
    • Get more details

    other

    • OEKO-TEX® certification encouraged. Target reserves the right to require, as needed.

    learn more about our goals 

    formulated products

    Formulated products are those which are the result of a variety of chemicals combined to make a finished product such as dish soap, shampoo, lotion and mascara.

    goals: 

    • Achieve transparency to all intentionally-added ingredients, including generics such as fragrance, in beauty, baby care, personal care and household cleaning formulated products by 2020.
      • Required: All vendors must select Data Use Tiers 2.1 and 2.2 for Target within WERCSmart 
    • Improve in-scope beauty, baby care, personal care and household cleaning product categories by formulating without chemicals that are on our Formulated Unwanted Chemicals List by 2020. 
      • Unwanted chemicals include: Propylparaben, Butylparaben, NPE’s, phthalates, and formaldehyde-donors. 
      • Detailed chemical list with CAS numbers
      • Any exceptions must be discussed with Target and are at risk of not setting in 2020.

    view our  Formulated Products Implementation Guide

    learn more about our goals