Environmental Management Systems & Strategy

At Target, we have an environmental management strategy to address risks throughout our operations. We work closely with our internal stakeholders and partner with our external stakeholders to ensure that environmental best practices are followed. Our objective is to ensure compliance with environmental laws and regulations and alignment, when possible, with stakeholder expectations.

Environmental awareness

We co-create solutions with supply chain partners to bring guests the products they want while considering the environment. We also use our scale to create systems with far-reaching positive results. For example, our guests want to know about the chemicals used to make their favorite products, and they look to Target for better options. So, in 2017, we launched a policy to help us manage chemicals across our product assortment and operations. Target is committed to driving transparency, proactive chemical management, and innovation across all our owned and national brand consumer products and operations.


Target has a robust enterprise process for managing items that become a waste across the enterprise.  Target utilizes third parties to assist with classification of waste using our technology and processes to help team members identify appropriate diversion strategies to minimize waste and reduce risk.

Environmental management process

Target invests in leading technologies (or applications) to track and comply with environmental obligations to ensure the accurate assessment and management of environmental risks. We monitor our performance against Target Forward and other business goals and priorities. We report regularly on environmental issues by annually publishing our Sustainability and Governance Report and completing the CDP climate, water and forest surveys.


Our sustainability and governance priorities seeks stakeholder insights to identify, understand and validate key issues affecting our business.


Target participates in external and internal audits to assess compliance with environmental regulations by using a third-party assessor. We use the results from these audits to continually improve our environmental management processes.

Corrective actions

Corrective action plans are created based on internal findings, or notifications of violations from an external regulatory agency.


This environmental strategy covers 100% of our operations.