Sustainability & Governance Priorities

We center our efforts and reporting on our Sustainability and Governance priorities — the issues that are most important to the long-term health of our business and stakeholders across our value chain. 

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Our approach

Engaging in sustainable practices helps fortify our business as we seek to drive growth for the future. We are committed to and accountable for reporting our progress and continually examining issues that are most important to our business. 

Target conducts Sustainability and Governance priority assessments regularly by engaging key stakeholders and seeking their insights to identify, understand and validate key issues affecting our business. 

Sustainability and Governance priorities


  • Greenhouse gas emissions  
  • Climate-related risks and opportunities  


  • Product and packaging design  

  • Waste elimination and reduction  

Resource Use 

  • Environmental impacts of products  

  • Water use and management   

  • Chemicals  

  • Biodiversity 

Human Capital Management

  • Compensation, benefits and well-being  

  • Workplace health and safety   

  • Talent and development   

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion   

  • Board and workplace diversity 

Serving and Strengthening Communities   

  • Community impact  

  • Access to products and services  

Ethical Business

  • Government advocacy  

  • Privacy and cybersecurity   

  • Product quality and safety 

Responsible Supply Chains   

  • Purchasing practices   

  • Human rights   

  • Animal welfare 

The Sustainability and Governance priorities identified and categorized in this assessment are increasingly interconnected and can often impact each other. As such, they should not be viewed in isolation. 

Stakeholder engagement

The following is an overview of our stakeholder engagement during fiscal year 2022. This is an illustrative list of topics discussed.

Business partners

How we engage

All vendors 

  • Business Partner Code of Conduct. 

  • Capability building. 

  • Standards of Vendor Engagement (SOVE). 

  • Trainings and workshops. 

  • Vendor portal. 

  • Vendor surveys. 

Merchandise vendors 

  • Annual assessment. 

  • Annual meeting. 

  • Regular ongoing meetings. 

  • Topical calls as requested. 

  • Vendor think tank. 

Sample topics considered*

  • Human rights. 

  • Labor practices. 

  • Materials and resource use, and traceability. 

  • Product and packaging design. 

  • Setting and measuring science-based targets. 

  • Transparency and reporting. 

Our response

  • Help our vendors strengthen their social and environmental performance through programs and capability building, and advise them on establishing and executing grievance mechanisms and monitoring performance. 

  • Make training and guidebooks available on our expectations for supply chain human rights, ethical business and environmental standards available in multiple languages. 

  • Support our vendors’ ability to meet responsible design and material commitments.  

  • Engage vendor think tank to address challenges and cultivate new ideas. 

Civil society organizations

How we engage

  • Partner visits and community dialogues. 

  • Collaborations to advance shared priorities. 

  • Contributions through community partnerships and volunteerism. 

  • Philanthropic investments. 

  • Trust-based philanthropic approach 

  • Select topical engagement. 

  • Memberships and coalitions 

  • Participation in conferences and forums 

  • Strategic relationships and consultation on priority issues. 

Sample topics considered*

  • Board and workplace diversity. 

  • Climate-related risks and opportunities. 

  • Community impact. 

  • Efficiency and energy management. 

  • Environmental impacts of products. 

  • Greenhouse gas emissions. 

  • Human rights. 

  • Labor practices. 

  • Materials and resource use. 

  • Philanthropy. 

  • Workplace health and safety. 

Our response

  • Continue our iterative learning process through listening, engagement and collaborations to guide our strategy and goal-setting on our Sustainability and Governance priorities. 

  • Focus investments, philanthropy, human and in-kind support to communities Target serves, including across our stores, Global Supply Chain & Logistics (GSCL) facilitiesHQ offices in the U.S. and India and in our sourcing communities. 

Government officials & influencers of public policy

How we engage

  • Direct legislative advocacy as Target. 

  • Informational discussions with governmental officials. 

  • Advocacy through trade associations and/or in partnership with other companies. 

  • Grassroots advocacy. 

Sample topics considered*

  • Creating value in a global economy. 

  • Employee scheduling. 

  • Investments in our team and communities. 

  • Mitigating the impact of organized retail crime. 

  • Payments. 

  • Protecting privacy. 

  • Securing Target’s owned brands worldwide. 

  • Supporting our Target Forward efforts. 

Our response

  • Intake and assess policies with both enterprise-wide and community specific impact. 

  • Advocate at all levels of government to help shape constructive policy solutions that impact our team members, businessindustry and communities. 


How we engage

  • Corporate website and newsletter. 

  • Face-to-face interactions in our stores. 

  • Focus groups. 

  • Guest insights. 

Sample topics considered*

  • Community impact. 

  • Environmental impacts of products. 

  • Materials and resource use. 

  • Non-discrimination. 

  • Product and packaging design. 

  • Responsible marketing. 

Our response

  • Elevate and expand how we share our inclusivity and sustainability work in stores and through our digital channels.  

  • Increase access to sustainable products and experiences through new and enhanced store and digital channels.  

  • Offer our guests the opportunity to direct our giving funds locally and nationally. 


How we engage

  • Annual meeting of shareholders. 
  • Financial community meeting. 
  • Participation in conferences and forums.  
  • Periodic engagements.
  • Quarterly earnings conference calls. 

Sample topics considered*

  • Board and workplace diversityequity and inclusion. 

  • Civic activity. 

  • Community impact. 

  • Compensation and benefits. 

  • Corporate governance. 

  • Equitable supply chains and communities. 

  • Environmental impacts. 

  • Financial performance. 

  • Human capital management. 

  • Human rights. 

  • Philanthropy. 

  • Privacy and cybersecurity. 

  • Transparency and reporting. 

Our response

  • Increase transparency of social and environmental strategy and associated investments, including expanding key data disclosures to demonstrate how our Sustainability and Governance priorities support long-term value creation. 

  • Responding to the following frameworks in our annual reporting on sustainability and governance: Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework (UNGPRF) and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

Team members

How we engage

  • Community engagement through volunteeringphilanthropy and civic participation. 

  • Daily e-newsletter, team and all-company meetings, social media and speaker series. 

  • Employee resource groups, diversity action committees and affinity networks. 

  • Executive leadership emails and videos. 

  • Focus groups and listening sessions. 

  • Inclusion acumen training and toolkit resources. 

  • Integrity Hotline. 

  • Multi-channel listening program (annual, weekly and topical surveys). 

  • Personal and professional development and training. 

Sample topics considered*

  • Compensation and benefits. 

  • Community impact. 

  • Diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) strategy. 

  • Employee well-being.  

  • Nonpartisan voter information and resources.  

  • Philanthropy. 

  • Strategic progress and business goals. 

  • Talent and development. 

  • Target Forward, Target’s sustainability strategy. 

  • Ways team members can support each other and local communities. 

  • Workplace health and safety. 

Our response

  • Give our team members equitable opportunities to grow professionally in their careers; take care of themselves, each other and their families; and make a positive impact on our guests and our local communities. 

  • Extend opportunitiesresources and tools for team member engagement. 

  • Share metrics and information externally, including wages and benefits, to enhance our transparency and accountability. 

In our annual reporting on sustainability and governance priorities and through the disclosures on our website, we report against topics that are most important to our business and our stakeholders. For purposes of our reporting on sustainability and governance priorities and those website disclosures, we use the Global Reporting Initiative’s definition of materiality, which is different than the definition used for filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Issues deemed material for purposes of our sustainability and governance reporting and those website disclosures may not be considered material for SEC reporting purposes. 

Organization of topics are listed alphabetically and does not indicate order of priority. 

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