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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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.

Nest’s logo in black against a white background.


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.


GoodWeave’s logo in blue against a white background.


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.