social compliance

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

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social compliance

When it comes to finding the vendors who supply our products, it's our mission to make sure everything we source is produced ethically and in accordance with local laws and our standards. We work with our vendors to improve their standards over time, and we take the advice of our experts.

conflict minerals

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.

learn more and view Target’s Conflict Minerals Report

our vendor standards

We've always maintained a strong sense of business ethics, and we hold ourselves and our partners accountable to the highest ethical standards. Our Standards of Vendor Engagement (SOVE)—11 business principles—require all vendors, including manufacturers, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers to share our ethical practices and uphold our standards. We will not knowingly work with any company that does not comply with our SOVE.

vendor training and performance

We provide our vendors a variety of social-compliance training, including orientation at headquarters and overseas locations and web-based training programs on topics like preventing human trafficking, underage labor, working hours and health and safety management. We also provide self-audit forms to help vendors improve their performance. Learn more about our social compliance operations and how we work with vendors on their performance.

good to know

  • In 2016, we conducted 1,599 unannounced social compliance audits on registered facilities.