responsible sourcing

We hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards and we expect our business partners to do the same.

our philosophy

When it comes to sourcing products, we take a page from our company's founder, George Dayton, who was well-known for his strong business ethics. We still aspire to the highest ethical and legal standards today, and we'll only work with vendors and suppliers who share our commitment. To make sure we meet those standards, we also work with regulators, manufacturers, industry organizations and other retailers around the world to continually set the bar higher for our industry as a whole.

view our Vendor Code of Conduct

supply chain security

We're a founding member of the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorismlink opens in a new window (C-TPAT), a collaborative government-business initiative that strengthens international supply chain and U.S. border security. As part of the partnership, we conduct routine audits to ensure our international supply chain processes continue to meet standards.

palm oil

Target has been working to understand the environmental and social impacts associated with the use of palm oil in our owned brand products. As a part of this effort, all palm oil in Target’s owned brand food (Market Pantry, Archer Farms, Simply Balanced), personal care (up&up), and household cleaning products (up&up) will be fully traceable and sustainably sourced by 2018. 

We are partnering with Proforest, a world leader in supporting the sustainable management and sourcing of natural resources including palm oil and other agricultural and forest commodities. Proforest has wide experience at all levels of palm oil supply chains and is well-positioned to partner with Target to further our long-term goal of sustainably sourcing palm oil for our products.

Target will share more information about our policy on sustainable palm oil this spring in our 2014 Corporate Responsibility Report, including key milestones we want to achieve with our vendors in the years ahead.

our pork sourcing policy

We’re committed to the humane treatment of animals, and believe they should be raised in clean, safe environments free from cruelty, abuse or neglect. We recently announced that we’re partnering closely with our pork product vendors to eliminate the use of sow gestation crates by 2022.

our mission

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We partner with vendors to achieve outstanding quality for Target-brand products. Our mission is to ensure that our vendors operate efficient, safe and ethical factory environments where they can produce safe, reliable, high-quality products.

Teams focused on social compliance, supply-chain sustainability, product safety and quality assurance, product investigating and recalls, and operations all work together to make sure we provide the best products for our guests.

where our products come from

Our Target Sourcing Services team sources Target-brand merchandise from all over the world, anticipating issues and  potential risks while making the best decisions for our business. We continually evaluate the mix of countries from which we source and adjust for many factors, including production quality, social responsibility, capacity, speed to market and pricing. We clearly label all products with the country of manufacture in compliance with regulations established by U.S. governmental agencies.

our global factory list

Target is committed to providing increased supply chain transparency. To meet this objective, we publish a list of all registered factories producing our owned-brand products. Target partners with its vendors to maintain an accurate list of factories producing owned-brand products.This list is subject to change and updates will be provided on a quarterly basis.