sustainable operations

We're committed to achieving milestones in our business by creating efficient buildings and spaces, using resources responsibly, eliminating waste and minimizing our carbon footprint.

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our climate policy & goals

As organizations around the world team up to combat the effects of climate change, companies like Target have a big role to play. In 2017, we introduced a new climate policy and goals aligned with the Science-Based Targets initiative to help us continue making progress. We also committed to sourcing 100% renewable energy in our domestic operations, which we’ll work with partners to achieve in the coming years.

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reducing greenhouse gas emissions

We disclose our company's carbon emissions each year through the Carbon Disclosure Project link opens in a new windowand we’re working toward our goal to lessen our impact through more energy-efficient store design, new lighting technologies and experiments with renewable energy. We also joined the more than 50 food retailers in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) GreenChill programlink opens in a new window working to reduce refrigerant emissions and decrease their impact on the environment.

conserving water

Using water more efficiently is an important way we support our communities, so we design and build our stores with water-saving features, such as plumbing fixtures that cut our water use by up to 30 percent. Our goal is to reduce our overall water use by 10 percent per square foot by the end of 2015.

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enhancing communities

Being a retail leader in smart development means enriching communities, neighborhoods and surrounding areas by revitalizing business districts, attracting additional services and designing to the neighborhood. For example, we take steps to protect and preserve water resources and the surrounding habitats on and near our property using conservation easements. When we can, we also clean up and redevelop landfills and other brownfield areas, giving them new lives as sites for our stores.

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reducing waste

We’re careful about our recycling and disposal practices for electronic waste as well as merchandise and materials we use in our supply chain. Our teams work together to improve our packaging designs using fewer components, minimize the volume of trash we produce and reuse, donate or recycle more materials. Our goal is to reduce our operating waste by 15 percent by the end of the 2015 fiscal year.

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strong stewardship

We're making an effort to re-work previously developed sites and retail spaces. Approximately one quarter of our stores are located in space that was once used for another purpose. For example, our Target store in downtown Chicago (pictured) is housed in the historic Louis Sullivan-designed building that was formerly home to the flagship Carson Pirie Scott department store.

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more efficient transportation

Another of our goals is to adopt cleaner and more fuel-efficient transportation practices. While we don’t own or operate the fleets that carry our freight, we work closely with carriers, vendors and other partners to help put more efficient processes in place. In 2008, we joined the EPA's SmartWay Transportation Partnership, which includes an annual carbon footprint assessment of domestic transportation operations.

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sustainable cotton

We use cotton in many of our products, and we know that cotton farming plays a major role in the economic well-being of communities around the world. So we set a goal to source 100% sustainable cotton by 2022 for our owned and exclusive national brands in apparel, home and essentials, and introduced a new cotton policy to help guide the way. We hope to use our size, scale and influence to help the cotton industry tackle some major environmental and social challenges, while growing our investment in transparent and traceable sources.

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chemical management

We know our guests are increasingly concerned about the chemicals in—and used to make—our products. That’s why in 2017, we launched a new chemical policy and goals that help align how Target manages chemicals across our assortment and our operations. We believe that by supporting our vendors in being more transparent about the ingredients in products, we can spur innovation across all of our product categories and operations, and help reduce unwanted substances from homes and workplaces of millions of our guests.

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earning the ENERGY STAR

Conserving energy is important, so we partner with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency link opens in a new window(EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energylink opens in a new window to meet their efficiency standards. One thousand of our stores have already earned ENERGY STARlink opens in a new window certifications, and feature low-wattage light fixtures; LED lights and motions sensors in the refrigerators; and other energy-saving initiatives. We're moving closer to our goal of earning ENERGY STAR status in at least 75 percent of our U.S. buildings by the end of 2015.

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As part of our commitment to supporting our communities, Target has a long-term interest in designing and operating energy-efficient and sustainable buildings. Our goal is to support renewable energy by increasing the number of buildings with rooftop solar panels to 500 by 2020. We’re increasingly meeting a portion of our energy needs with solar power. Currently, our stores that use solar power generate between 15 and 30 percent of their energy from solar, easing the burden on local power grids. We may sell the renewable energy certificates for that energy.

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stormwater management systems

When it rains, it pours. So as part of our commitment to smart development, we’ve created a comprehensive stormwater management system for each of our stores, and we’re always exploring new design innovations to reduce and improve the quality of stormwater runoff. Examples of these systems include bioswales (landscape elements designed to remove silt and pollution from surface runoff water) at our store in Redmond, Wash., rain gardens at our store in Edina, Minn., and permeable pavement at our store in Brandon, Fla.

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growing responsibly

As we build more stores in convenient locations for guests, especially in urban areas, we’ll continue to focus on responsible growth—where guests live and work, and near mass transit.

good to know

  • Target was named an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year in 2016 and 2017. We've proudly earned ENERGY STAR status for more than 1,400 of our buildings and counting.
  • In 2014, we rolled out a recycling and composting program at our headquarters buildings. So far, our team members have diverted 83 tons of waste from landfills.

additional reporting

2017 CDP Response: Climate Change

2017 CDP Response: Water

2017 CDP Response: Forests

2015 CDP Response: Climate Change link opens in a new window

2015 CDP Response: Water link opens in a new window

2014 CDP Response: Climate Change link opens in a new window

2014 CDP Response: Water link opens in a new window

2013 CDP Response: Climate Change link opens in a new window

2013 CDP Response: Water link opens in a new window

2012 CDP Response: Climate Change link opens in a new window

2012 CDP Response: Water link opens in a new window