standards of vendor engagement

Target is committed to responsible business conduct. Respect for human rights, environmental stewardship and animal welfare are fundamental principles of our business practices and standards. We expect our suppliers to share those principles and uphold our standards. Suppliers must also comply with Target’s Ethics Policy, conduct their business with a high level of integrity and maintain transparent and accurate records. Please refer to Target’s Applying the Standards of Vendor Engagement document for additional information pertaining to each standard, including the applicability of local laws and international conventions as well as implementation expectations.

We require all vendors, suppliers, manufacturers, contractors, subcontractors and their agents (collectively, “suppliers”) to abide by the following standards:

Ethical Business Practices

No Bribery
We seek business partners who aspire to the highest ethical standards in their business practices and their interactions with Target. Target does not allow any exchange of favors, money or gifts with our team members with the intent to influence business decisions. As with the other standards outlined herewith, Target Team Members are held to the same standards and are strictly prohibited from engaging in solicitation of anything of value from business partners.

Social & Labor

No Forced Labor or Human Trafficking
We condemn forced labor and human trafficking and will not knowingly work with suppliers who engage in these practices.  All workers have the right to engage in work willfully, without surrendering identification and without the payment of fees.  Workers have the right to freedom of movement and our suppliers must ensure it is afforded to them. Suppliers must also procure their raw materials and/or components for Target products solely from sources that do not utilize forced labor or engage in human trafficking.

No Underage Labor
We do not tolerate the use of underage labor and will not knowingly work with suppliers that utilize underage workers. We define underage workers as any individual younger than the local minimum working age or the age of 15, whichever older, and/or those not abiding by the international standards as defined by the International Labor Organization (ILO) regarding age appropriate work governing family farming.   Suppliers must comply with all age-related working restrictions as set by local law and adhere to international standards as defined by the International Labor Organization (ILO) regarding age appropriate work.

Health and Safety
Suppliers must provide a safe and healthy working environment that complies with local laws and minimizes occupational hazards. If suppliers provide residential facilities for their workers, they must be safe and sanitary.

No Discrimination
We respect cultural and individual differences, and believe discrimination should not be tolerated.  Suppliers are expected to maintain a discrimination-free workplace and to employ legally-eligible workers based upon on their abilities, rather than their race, color, sex, pregnancy status, gender identity, marital status, political opinions, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, social origin, national origin or any other characteristics unrelated to an individual’s ability to perform the work required by the job. 

No Harassment
We believe that all workers should be treated with dignity.  Suppliers must not engage in, condone, or tolerate physical, verbal, mental or sexual harassment against or among their workers.

Working Hours and Overtime
Suppliers must not allow working hours that exceed the applicable legal limit, or 60 hours per week, whichever is less. Regularly paid hours must not exceed 48 per week and overtime hours must not exceed 12 hours per week or the amount specified by local law, whichever is less. Only in exceptional cases, may working hours exceed 60 per week and only in the exceptional circumstances described within Applying the Standards of Vendor Engagement.  Overtime work must always be voluntary and paid at a premium rate.  Workers must have at least 1 full non-working day in every 7-day period.

Suppliers must provide wages and benefits that meet or exceed local law requirements and are paid/provided in a timely manner. We encourage suppliers to commit to the betterment of wages and benefits to improve the lives of workers and their families in the communities where they live.

Freedom of Association
We seek suppliers who productively engage workers and value them as critical assets to sustainable business success. This includes respecting the rights of workers to make an informed decision as to whether to associate or not with any group, consistent with all applicable laws.

Animal Welfare
We believe in the humane treatment of animals and expect suppliers engage in practices that promote the welfare of animals. This includes providing an environment that is free from distress, cruelty, abuse, and neglect and that is consistent with all applicable laws and industry guidelines.

Environmental Sustainability

Environmental Management and Monitoring Systems
Suppliers must have environmental monitoring systems which accurately measure and track operational and production impacts to air, water and any other environmental system which may be deemed necessary.

Water Stewardship
Suppliers must identify, characterize and inventory all wastewater streams on an ongoing basis. In addition, suppliers must install and maintain appropriately sized wastewater treatment systems to ensure pollutants are at or below legally required levels. We will not tolerate suppliers with undersized, bypassed, or inoperable wastewater treatment systems.

Waste Reduction & Disposal
Suppliers must handle, store, transport, and dispose of hazardous waste legally. We will not tolerate suppliers that engage in illegal waste dumping. We seek suppliers who demonstrate they actively work to reduce waste throughout the production process.

Energy Management
With respect to both production facilities and processes, suppliers must identify all applicable energy sources and energy consumption.  Suppliers must also periodically set clear goals to improve energy efficiency and document progress made toward achieving those goals.

Emissions to Air
With respect to both production facilities and processes, suppliers must monitor and document all air emissions in accordance with the applicable regulatory requirements. In addition, suppliers must install and maintain appropriate air emissions control devices to ensure air emissions’ pollutants are at or below legally required levels.  

Licenses and Permitting
Suppliers must acquire and maintain all legally required environmental permits and business operating licenses necessary for the production of their products and operation of their facilities. We will not tolerate suppliers operating without valid current permits.

Reporting Misconduct: If you encounter what you believe to be a potential violation of local laws or regulations, Target’s Standards of Vendor Engagement, or unethical behavior, you may confidentially report your concerns to Target by emailing Retaliation of any kind against an individual who reports concerns in good faith violates Target’s principles and will not be tolerated.