When it comes to finding the vendors and factories who supply our products, it's our mission to make sure everything we source is produced ethically and in accordance with all applicable laws, international standards and our policies. We work with our vendors and factories to improve their standards over time, and we take the advice of industry-leading experts.
We expect suppliers that produce Target’s owned and exclusive brands, as well as those that produce nationally branded products for which Target is the importer of record, to participate in Target’s Responsible Sourcing Program. This includes complying with our Standards of Vendor Engagement and all applicable national and local laws, as well as participating in our comprehensive Responsible Sourcing audit process.
The results—which we detail in our annual Corporate Responsibility Report—plus regular monitoring of performance, are used to help us hold our vendors accountable for compliance in their facilities.
We expect our vendors to source gold, columbite-tantalite (coltan), cassiterite, wolframite and the derivatives tantalum, tin, and tungsten metals, collectively 3TG, from responsible mines and uphold the highest social, human rights and environmental standards. Target supports Oxfam and Earthworks’ efforts through the “No Dirty Gold” campaign. We’re a founding Executive Committee member of the Retail Industry Leaders Association Conflict Minerals Program, which helps to develop common approaches for determining the source and chain of custody of 3TG and worked with Business for Social Responsibility to develop training for our vendors.
view Target’s Conflict Minerals Report
vendor training and performance
We train our vendors on a variety of Target policies and commitments, including our health and safety requirements, environmental standards and our expectations around hiring practices to help prevent the possibility of forced labor. When we update our policies and commitments, we notify our vendors and provide refreshed training when appropriate. To promote understanding and prompt compliance with our evolving policies and commitments, we often provided our vendors with training materials in multiple languages.
For our strategic vendors, we provide additional capability building resources to elevate their self-diagnosis and problem solving abilities. We aim to enable our vendors to better manage and improve their supply chains.