Supply Chain Social Responsibility

We aspire to lead positive social impact throughout our supply chain. It’s our mission to make sure everything we source is produced ethically and in accordance with all applicable laws and international standards, and our policies. We work with our vendors and factories to improve their standards over time, and we engage with partners around the world to drive meaningful change in the industry. 

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Our efforts to create a more just and equitable supply chain are centered on two goals:

Gender equity goal

Women are an essential part of global supply chains - yet they occupy some of the lowest-paid and most insecure jobs which, combined with unsafe working conditions and limited bargaining power, make them more vulnerable to sexual harassment and violence. Empowering women in the supply chain presents an incredible opportunity not only to improve the lives of people making, selling, and buying products, but enhances the resilience of supply chains.

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

Focus areas 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 

Digital wage goal

We believe transitioning from cash to digital wage payment systems is a critical step in the path towards financial security for workers and modernization of supply chain operations.  Digital payments can lead to greater control over wages and increased financial inclusion for workers - particularly women, as well as cost savings and improved efficiency for suppliers, and increased transparency for Target.

GOAL: By 2025, we plan for all Owned Brand suppliers to pay workers digitally

Our gender equity and digital wages goals work together to help drive sustainable change to improve working conditions, especially for women. When all workers feel respected and included, supply chains become more resilient.  

Partnerships

We engage with strategic stakeholders to address issues that matter to supply chain workers. By the end of fiscal year 2021, our collaborative projects related to worker well-being impacted the lives of more than 3.7 million people. We believe collaboration leads to greater impact, especially when it comes to achieving our 2025 goals and beyond. This is why we focus on building meaningful partnerships with industry stakeholders, nonprofit organizations and other brands. 

Better Than Cash Alliance (BTCA) 

We became a member of this UN-based alliance in 2022 to support our commitment that all tier 1 owned brand suppliers pay workers digitally by 2025, following responsible practices.

BSR

Target supports BSR’s HERproject to empower female supply chain workers through workplace-based health, financial inclusion and gender equality interventions. 

CARE

Target continues to partner with CARE International, designing strategies to drive gender equity throughout our sourcing practices and extended supply chain. During COVID-19, CARE pivoted to deliver emergency response activities to benefit more than 25,000 people in these areas, with support that included cash assistance and cash-for-work opportunities, distribution of hygiene kits and PPE, roving medical centers providing essential medical services and establishing safe spaces for women to access information and support services during the pandemic.

International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) 

Through our partnership with the advisory arm of ICRW, ICRW Advisors, Target is contributing to the further development of ICRW’s Gender Equity Self-Diagnostic Tool. This industry-aligned resource helps factories assess their gender equity policies and processes and generates a customized scorecard on existing gender integration policies and practices to encourage continuous improvement.  

 

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Nest

In 2016, Target began a partnership with nonprofit Nest to serve the fashion and home industry’s global workforce who craft products in their homes or outside the traditional four-walled factory. Together, we developed industry-aligned standards — the Nest Standards for Homes and Small Workshops — which protect homeworkers’ safety, well-being and prosperity while giving brands visibility to the artisans in their supply chains. To date, Nest’s programs have reached more than 1,600 artisan businesses around the globe.

We also teamed up with Nest to create clearer indicators for consumers that their products are ethically handcrafted. In 2018, the Nest Seal made its retail debut thanks to the Nest Ethical Handcraft Program and is now located on select items at Target — including handwoven baskets — and we look forward to seeing it on more products in coming years. To earn the Nest Seal, the handcraft business producing the products must meet a set of rigorous compliance standards.

 

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GoodWeave

In 2015, Target first began working with nonprofit GoodWeave to combat underage labor in the handwoven rug industry in India. GoodWeave-certified rugs are woven by adult artisans and helps support the education of thousands of at-risk children that might otherwise need to work. Target requires all handwoven rugs produced in India to be GoodWeave certified.

Three Fair Trade USA logos including its main logo and the seals for its factory and cotton certifications, in black against a white background

Fair Trade USA

To ensure products are made with respect to both people and the planet, Fair Trade has created strict standards that promote safe, healthy working conditions, protect the environment, and benefit farmers and factory workers through additional funds and community development. Look for the Fair Trade USA cotton, factory or certification logo across products.