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 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.

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.

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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) require that our vendors share our ethical practices and uphold our standards. 

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 proide refreshed training when appropriate. To promote understanding and prompt compliance with our evolving policies and commitments, we often profied 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.

good to know

  • We focus our audits on factories we consider to be the highest risk for noncompliance.
  • In 2017, we conducted 1,319 Responsible Sourcing audits on registered facilities.