Environment

We’re putting our business to use to positively impact both people and planet, and setting our sights higher to help restore and regrow the natural systems we rely on. From renewable energy projects and embedding circular design principles throughout our business, to global partnerships and deep supplier engagement, we’re working to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon economy and source responsibly across our materials and operations.

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Target is committed to goals that protect the environment and further responsible practices that positively impact areas such as climate change, water, chemicals, plastics, materials and more.

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Sustainable products

We are aiming to be the market leader for sustainable, inclusive brands and experiences by 2030. By offering better-for-you, clean and transparent products that are affordable and accessible, we’re working together to make an even bigger impact.

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Waste & circular economy

We’re committed to eliminating, reducing and finding alternatives for plastics in our products, packaging and operations — one important way our teams design for circularity. Our goal is to achieve zero waste to landfill in U.S. operations by 2030. These efforts also include our popular Car Seat Trade-in program.

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Climate & energy

We have a responsibility to lead the fight against climate change – and through our bold strategy, we’re adopting renewable energy, driving energy efficiency and implementing other sustainable practices. We’re also looking to catalyze change across our value chain with a commitment to being a net zero enterprise by 2040, inspiring our suppliers to rapidly decarbonize and help us all realize a brighter future.

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Chemicals

Our guests care about what’s in their favorite products, and they trust us to provide better choices for their families. In 2017, Target became the first U.S. retailer to introduce a comprehensive chemicals management framework across our entire value chain, operations and every product we sell. And with it, we introduced a chemical policy and goals – our commitment to driving transparency, proactive chemical management and innovation across all of our owned and national brand consumer products and operations.

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Materials & deforestation

Earth’s natural resources provide us with essential raw materials for our products. To help our suppliers source responsibly while minimizing harm to the planet and supporting communities, we have developed policies and programs for key materials, including cotton, forest products, palm oil and sustainable seafood.

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Water

As global communities struggle to access clean water, we’re doing our part to remove barriers and design solutions for the future. In 2018, we announced a freshwater stewardship approach with initial goals that build on our existing water management aspirations. This framework addresses how we can improve water quality, optimize water efficiency and increase access to clean water in communities where we operate. 

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Animal welfare

As a retailer with a wide variety of products, we have a responsibility to ensure high standards of welfare of animals in our supply chains. We aim to ensure that our suppliers adopt and implement high standards of animal welfare across our food and general merchandise supply chains through our goals of 100% cage-free shell eggs by 2025 pending available supply; and to only partner with suppliers who are using open pen gestation systems for sows by 2022.

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Sustainable operations

We work to achieve our business milestones by designing and operating efficient buildings and spaces, using natural resources responsibly, eliminating waste and minimizing our carbon footprint. We also work with industry partners and experts on ways to reduce the environmental impact of our products, from packaging to transporting them to our stores. In our focus to improve our overall energy efficiency and transition to renewable energy by 2030, we aim to source 100% of our electricity from renewable sources for our operations.

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Supply chain environmental responsibility

We’re constantly co-creating solutions with supply chain partners to bring guests the products they want while considering the environment. Our aim is to work with our partners to create better tools and more efficient processes for producing and shipping our products over time, and to use what we learn to improve our own practices.

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To learn more about our environmental goals, as well as our social goals and broader commitments to sustainability through our corporate strategy, explore Target Forward

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We have a responsibility to our guests and the environment to set high expectations and encourage ambitious reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, promoting positive change throughout the industry to have an even greater impact for generations to come.

BRIAN CORNELL CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, TARGET



Learn more about Target’s history of sustainability efforts. 

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