Social well-being certifications
Target aims to develop strong industry partnerships that will help us reach our responsible sourcing & sustainability 2025 goals by going beyond compliance and elevating the performance of our suppliers. As we work to achieve our Target Forward vision to co-create a more equitable and regenerative future with our guests, partners and communities, Target has partnered with the social well-being certifications listed below.
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.
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.
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.