Responsible Sourcing Operations

Supply chain transparency and supplier collaboration are the keys to achieving long-term, sustainable operations.

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Supply chain transparency

Target is committed to increased supply chain transparency. To meet this objective, we publish a list of all tier 1 factories that produce our owned brand products, national brand products where Target is the importer of record, as well as tier 2 apparel textile mills and wet processing facilities. The increased transparency creates meaningful opportunities to enhance responsible and sustainable production practices. This list is subject to change and updates will be provided on a quarterly basis.

Download Target's global factory list

We also support the Open Apparel Registry (OAR), an open-source tool that maps apparel and footwear factories worldwide. It creates a unique ID for each factory to facilitate collaboration and data sharing. Quarterly, we publish a list of our tier 1 and tier 2 factories that produce Target owned brand products and national brands where Target is the importer of record to the OAR platform.

Explore the OAR registry

Additionally, Target is represented on the Board of Directors of the OAR and actively engaged in elevating the use of the OAR across the apparel industry.

We also share our supplier factory list with the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE) Green Supply Chain Map. IPE’s map provides real-time performance data and historical trend information related to air pollution emissions and wastewater discharge for thousands of major Chinese manufacturing factories.

Supplier engagement

Vendor performance analysis

Target uses multiple data points to analyze the performance of our vendors and they are held accountable for responsible sourcing performance of the factories that they use for Target owned brand, Target distributed, Target Exclusive and Target imported production. Our vendors' responsible sourcing performance is regularly shared with internal sourcing and merchandising teams, thereby providing team members with the information they need to make informed sourcing and purchasing decisions. Our continuous evaluation of compliance trends also helps identify areas of opportunity for our vendors, which we discuss with them as part of our vendor engagement process.

Vendor probation and termination process

If a vendor shows a pattern of producing products in facilities that do not meet our standards, they will be put on probation. During that time, they will work closely with our responsible sourcing team until they have elevated their internal program. During probation, we will monitor them closely and require that all audit results demonstrate facility compliance. If they are not able to consistently meet these requirements, we will remove them from our vendor matrix. We also will terminate a relationship with a vendor or factory if they attempt to alter audit results in any way, or if they mistreat our team members or representatives.

Vendor training and education

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 provide refreshed training when appropriate. To promote understanding and prompt compliance with our evolving policies and commitments, we often provide our vendors with training materials that are available 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.

Self-auditing tools

In addition to training resources, we give vendors access to tools on our vendor website to help them elevate their responsible sourcing performance, including our full self-audit forms and a detailed guide with best practices for implementing our Standards of Vendor Engagement in their supply chains.

Vendor and factory capability building

In 2017, we rolled out a Responsible Sourcing Advisory Program that aims to bring innovative labor management practices and a continuous improvement culture to our strategic vendors and factories. The program provides train-the-trainer support in key focus areas: management systems, building worker-management social performance teams, supervisory skills, workplace communication, negotiation skills and grievance mechanisms.