Target Forward: our

sustainability strategy

Our vision is to co-create an equitable and regenerative future together with our guests, partners and communities.

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Target Forward play

 

Our ambitions

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Design and elevate sustainable brands

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Innovate to eliminate waste

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Accelerate opportunity and equity

How does Target approach sustainability?

Target takes a holistic view of sustainability, with efforts focused on our business driving positive impact for both people and planet. We see sustainability efforts as part of an interconnected system, where our actions to help address climate, restore natural systems, and drive opportunity and equity for our teams, communities and partners, impact and reinforce one another to create change that is good for all.

Our work to bring solutions that better serve our communities and our environment can be seen across our business — from our inclusive and sustainable product assortments and the increasing renewable energy footprint in our operations, to our social justice commitments and philanthropic support of underserved communities at home and around the world.

In 2019, we set science-based targets for emissions reductions across scopes 1, 2 and 3 — becoming a leader in US retail — and we’ve also committed to join the “Business Ambition for 1.5°C,” ensuring that our emissions will contribute to no more than 1.5 degree warming. Within our renewable energy efforts, we currently have projects and partnerships in place that when complete, will result in our purchasing nearly 50% of our electricity from renewable sources, well on our way to 100% by 2030.

Circular design principles can be seen in our owned brands Universal Thread and Everspring, and we accelerated our commitments to sustainable packaging in 2018 when we became signatories to the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment.

Target’s Racial Equity Action and Change (REACH) committee was established in 2020 and accelerates the retailer’s work to create racial equity for Black team members, guests and communities. REACH builds on 15 years of progress in creating a diverse workforce, and setting diversity and inclusion goals for Target’s team and business.

Target Forward builds on this work, continues work toward these commitments, and sets new goals to accelerate our ambitions and drive for additional change that is good for all. The list below is a starting set of milestones we are committing to; through ongoing listening and collaboration with our partners and communities, we will evolve and add to this list as we work to achieve our vision of a more equitable and regenerative future for all.

How we'll get there

 

Target aims to elevate owned, national and emerging sustainable brands that are affordable, inclusive and inspirational


Target is committed to a sustainable and inclusive supply chain that is just and equitable for all workers


Target plans to partner across the value chain to design solutions that eliminate waste, while providing ease and convenience


Target commits to being a net zero enterprise by 2040


Target aims to create an equitable and inclusive workforce and workplace


Target will help enable the vitality and resilience of our team and the communities we serve

 


 

Our goals

 

By 2030, Target aims to be the market leader for creating and curating inclusive, sustainable brands and experiences

Initial milestone: By 2030, Target intends for the leading raw materials (e.g., forest products, cotton, and more) that go into our owned-brand products to be 100 percent recycled, regenerative, or sustainably sourced

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By 2025, Target plans for 100% of our owned brands, in addition to our owned brand limited-edition and brand partnerships, to adhere to Target’s already established sustainability standards

Foundations we’ve laid: Everspring, Universal Thread, Spritz, Cat & Jack


 

By 2025, Target plans for 100% of suppliers to have policies and programs to advance gender equity 

Focus areas of these policies and programs include:

  • Equitable systems for hiring and advancement
  • Financial security for their workers
  • Effective anonymous channels for incident reporting
  • Access to gender-responsive health information and services for their workers

Foundations we’ve laid: Continued investment in CARE’s Dignified Work Initiative (page 30 of our 2021 Corporate Responsibility report)


 

By 2040, Target plans for 100% of our owned brand products to be designed for a circular future. Our teams will continue designing to eliminate waste, using materials that are regenerative, recycled or sourced sustainably, to create products that are more durable, easily repaired or recyclable.

Initial milestone: By 2025, Target aims to offer two circular owned brands

Foundations we’ve laid: 


 

By 2025, Target intends to reduce annual total virgin plastic in our owned brand packaging by 20%

Initial milestone: By 2025, Target intends to have 100% of our owned brand plastic packaging be recyclable, compostable or reusable


 

By 2040, Target commits to net zero greenhouse gas emissions across our enterprise (Scopes 1, 2 and 3)

  • By 2023, 80% of Target’s suppliers by spend covering all purchased goods and services will set science-based scope 1 and scope 2 targets
  • By 2025, Target commits to engage suppliers to prioritize renewable energy and collaborate on solutions that protect, sustain and restore nature
  • By 2025, Target commits to source 60% of our electricity from renewable sources for our operations
  • By 2030, Target commits to source 100% of our electricity from renewable sources for our operations
  • By 2030, Target commits to achieve 50% absolute reduction in operations emissions (scopes 1 & 2) from a 2017 base-year
  • By 2030, Target commits to achieve 30% absolute reduction in supply chain emissions (scope 3) covering retail purchased goods and services from a 2017 base-year

Foundations we’ve laid:


 

By 2030, Target plans to achieve zero waste to landfill in U.S. operations

  • By 2030, Target intends to divert 90% of waste from landfill through reuse, recycling, donation and reduction strategies
  • We intend to reduce waste through innovative circular programs

Foundations we’ve laid: In 2020, 60.2% of construction waste was diverted and we diverted 80.1% of our operational waste from landfill (page 53 of our 2021 Corporate Responsibility report)


 

By 2030, Target aims to build a team that equitably reflects the communities we serve

Initial milestones:

  • By 2023, Target aims to increase representation of Black team members across the company by 20%
  • By 2023, Target aims to increase the promotional rate of people of color and women while reducing the rate of turnover
  • Target plans to maintain a balance of male and female team members at every level of our company

Foundations we’ve laid: 


 

Create a workplace experience where every team member can thrive in when, where and how they work

Initial milestone: By 2025, we plan to invest in technology and modern processes to enable consistent, reliable schedules for all front-line team members


 

By 2030, engage and elevate community voices as we seek to build and implement community-driven solutions

Initial milestone: By 2025, Target and Target Foundation plan to evolve our philanthropic practices and place-based solutions to invite participation from communities


 

Invest in wellbeing solutions to address social determinants of health for team members and their families

Initial milestones:

  • By 2025, Target plans to increase access to quality, affordable healthcare for all team members and families
  • By 2023, Target aims to eliminate complexity and barriers to entry by offering easily accessible benefits and resources to all Target team members focused on learning and career advancement, physical and mental health, family support and financial wellbeing

Foundations we’ve laid: In 2021, launched a new debt-free education assistance benefit, giving all team members access to free undergraduate and associates degrees, certificates, bootcamp programs, textbooks, course fees and more with no out-of-pocket costs required.

We’ll continue to provide ongoing updates on our progress, inclusive of our annual Corporate Responsibility Report

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We know sustainability is tied to business resiliency and growth, and that our size and scale can drive change that is good for all. Target Forward influences every corner of our business, deepens our collaboration with our partners and builds on our past efforts to ensure a better future for generations to come.

Brian Cornell

chairman and chief executive officer of Target