our focus areas and goals
We’ve focused our efforts and set initial goals in four key areas where we can make the most impact:
Our water footprint starts with growing the raw materials needed to produce our products, such as food and fiber, so we’re working to better understand our basin-level impacts to prioritize our responses.
By 2022: Source 100% sustainable cotton for our owned brand and exclusive national brand products
Working in our areas of greatest impact, we’ll enable our owned-brand manufacturers to do more with less water where local conditions demand, and aim for net-positive water quality outcomes in priority watersheds for people and nature.
By 2022: Improve water efficiency in textile dyeing and finishing factories located in priority watersheds by 15%
By 2025: Design 100% of garment washed owned-brand apparel utilizing water saving design principles
By 2025: All owned-brand apparel textile facilities comply with Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Progressive level wastewater standard
Across our stores, distribution centers and headquarters locations, we’re taking action to reduce water scarcity, improve water quality outcomes and manage stormwater flows.
By 2025: 15% absolute water reduction for stores, distribution centers and headquarters locations (baseline 2010)
We’ll continuously seek to improve Target’s position on water quality within our U.S. building operations
Water quality is a growing risk in the U.S. and as water quality is ever-changing in regions across the country, Target continues to operate and maintain best practices in managing stormwater and the quality of water leaving our sites. We do this by building local partnerships with watershed managers to improve green infrastructure and refining our salt application practices at stores in snow states to reduce the amount of chloride entering local water bodies. With our large operational footprint across the U.S., we can work to improve water quality in multiple areas of the country.
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beyond the fenceline
We work with others around the world to encourage progress in the areas above and beyond our own business and operations, through cross-sector partnerships, team member engagement, philanthropic investments and more.
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