Using Our Scale to Make a Difference: Target Unveils 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility Report

  • Jul 12, 2017
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At Target, our guests shop with us knowing they can expect more—not just in the products and experiences we offer, but that we hold ourselves to the highest standards as a company. And we’re continuing to transform our business to create a positive impact for people and the planet.

“We’re committed to making our business economically, environmentally and socially sustainable,” says Jennifer Silberman, vice president, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). “And beyond that, we have an opportunity to transform the guest experience beyond the register in a way that unlocks long-term business value. With the power of our team, and our scale as one of the country’s largest retailers, we hope to be a catalyst for change across the industry.”

That’s the story behind our progress in our latest Corporate Social Responsibility Report. Inside, we look back on where we landed with our 2016 goals, and ahead at new commitments—built around our products, team, communities and the planet—that will challenge us to lead the way to progress in the future. Here’s just a bit of what you’ll find:

2016 Target Corporate Social Responsibility Report
Products: Inspiring Solutions For Better Living
Expanded our Archer Farms coffee assortment from four to 20 direct trade options
Five ambitious new chemical policy goals announced
More than 50 ethnic hair products offered in 300 stores to address guests’ beauty needs
Team: Valuing Our Team Members
One-third of our engineer hires from college campuses were women
More than 7,000 veterans hired each year since 2014
$12.4M saved by team members through Wellness Discounts
Communities: Strengthening Our Global Neighborhoods
Nine new responsible sourcing and sustainable design aspirations
Helped secure financing for THOR Companies’ new $36M combined-use retail and office building in North Minneapolis
$40M granted to more than 50 wellness organizations
Planet: Driving Positive Impact
How2Recycle™ Label on more than 1,700 owned-brand items
350 locations with rooftop solar panels
72.3 percent of retail waste diverted from landfills, surpassing 2020 goal
Read the full report

Next up? We’ll continue building on our longstanding legacy of community support and sustainable operations. As part of this work, we’re aligning our future commitments with the UN Sustainable Development Goals to do our part in achieving this global agenda. (Check out Page 8 of the report to see how our latest goals are already making an impact.) 

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