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  • Overall approach
    12/14
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      4/6
      Deforestation commitment
      Deforestation-Free
      4/6
      "We commit to working with our owned brand suppliers to protect forests by eliminating deforestation and forest degradation from our value chain. More specifically, we will focus on eliminating deforestation of primary forests and areas of High Conservation Value [1], as well as High Carbon Stock [2] forest areas and peatlands (regardless of depth)."
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      Target Corp. are a member of the Consumer Goods Forum
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      "Target recognizes that the ecosystem services provided by forests around the world are irreplaceable. Forests are critical to mitigating climate change, providing a carbon sink, fostering habitat for biodiversity, protecting water supplies, providing livelihoods for communities, and are a renewable resource for products and packaging throughout our supply chain. We commit to working with our owned brand suppliers to protect forests by eliminating deforestation and forest degradation from our value chain."
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      3/3
      LUC emissions target
      Yes
      3/3
      "Target will reduce its absolute Scope 1, 2 and 3 greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent below 2017 levels by 2030."
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      3/3
      Report LUC emissions
      Yes
      3/3
      2018
      Target state that in 2018 their Scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions were 77,760,000 tonnes of CO2.
  • Commodity score
    27/86
    • Beef
      16/86
      • Commitment Strength
        9/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          9/21
          • Commitment details
            Sustainability commitment
            2.7/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Sustainability commitment
            2.7/10.7
            Type of commitment: Sustainability commitment
            "We are joining the US Roundtable on Sustainable Beef to ensure we are sourcing beef responsibly where it is most material to our business."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "We are joining the US Roundtable on Sustainable Beef to ensure we are sourcing beef responsibly where it is most material to our business."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "We are joining the US Roundtable on Sustainable Beef to ensure we are sourcing beef responsibly where it is most material to our business."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "We are joining the US Roundtable on Sustainable Beef to ensure we are sourcing beef responsibly where it is most material to our business."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "We are joining the US Roundtable on Sustainable Beef to ensure we are sourcing beef responsibly where it is most material to our business."
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/2
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/2
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/15
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/2
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/2
      • Reporting and Implementation
        2/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/4
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/4
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2.7
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2.7
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No monitoring
          0/4
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Attending & contributing to meetings
          "We have joined the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef as a way to advance sustainability efforts in the domestic supply chain."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
      • Social Considerations
        5/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Target Corp. require suppliers to ensure their workers have freedom of association, and to be free from forced labour, child labour and discrimination. 
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Target Corp. require suppliers to ensure their workers are not discriminated against on the basis of gender.
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
    • Leather
      18/86
      • Commitment Strength
        9/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          9/21
          • Commitment details
            Sustainability commitment
            2.7/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Sustainability commitment
            2.7/10.7
            Type of commitment: Sustainability commitment
            "We are also a member of the Leather Working Group, and through that effort have been collecting data on our leather sourcing volumes. In 2019 we will create an appropriate plan to address leather based off those findings."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "We are also a member of the Leather Working Group, and through that effort have been collecting data on our leather sourcing volumes. In 2019 we will create an appropriate plan to address leather based off those findings."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "We are also a member of the Leather Working Group, and through that effort have been collecting data on our leather sourcing volumes. In 2019 we will create an appropriate plan to address leather based off those findings."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "We are also a member of the Leather Working Group, and through that effort have been collecting data on our leather sourcing volumes. In 2019 we will create an appropriate plan to address leather based off those findings."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "We are also a member of the Leather Working Group, and through that effort have been collecting data on our leather sourcing volumes. In 2019 we will create an appropriate plan to address leather based off those findings."
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/2
            Target date
            No deadline
            0/2
            "We are also a member of the Leather Working Group, and through that effort have been collecting data on our leather sourcing volumes. In 2019 we will create an appropriate plan to address leather based off those findings."
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/2
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/15
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/2
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/2
      • Reporting and Implementation
        4/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/4
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2.7
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2.7
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No monitoring
          0/4
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
        • Publishing supplier lists
          Discloses supplier list
          4/4
          Publishing supplier lists
          Discloses supplier list
          4/4
          Target Corp disclose a list of their global factories on their website.
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
      • Social Considerations
        5/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Target Corp. require suppliers to ensure their workers have freedom of association, and to be free from forced labour, child labour and discrimination. 
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Target Corp. require suppliers to ensure their workers are not discriminated against on the basis of gender.
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
    • Palm oil
      56/86
      • Commitment Strength
        30/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          12/15
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Type of commitment: Zero deforestation
            Certification schemes mentioned: RSPO
            "Target commits to moving beyond the use of a credit system toward the use of physically certified palm oil.  Our goal is for palm oil in our products to be certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) or an equivalent standard with a mass balance, segregated, or identity preserved supply chain certification by the end of 2022." " In 2017, 37.4 percent of palm oil [...] was certified sustainable via physical certification (Mass Balance or Segregated) or covered by PalmTrace credits."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "Target commits to moving beyond the use of a credit system toward the use of physically certified palm oil.  Our goal is for palm oil in our products to be certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) or an equivalent standard with a mass balance, segregated, or identity preserved supply chain certification by the end of 2022." " In 2017, 37.4 percent of palm oil [...] was certified sustainable via physical certification (Mass Balance or Segregated) or covered by PalmTrace credits."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "Target commits to moving beyond the use of a credit system toward the use of physically certified palm oil.  Our goal is for palm oil in our products to be certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) or an equivalent standard with a mass balance, segregated, or identity preserved supply chain certification by the end of 2022." " In 2017, 37.4 percent of palm oil [...] was certified sustainable via physical certification (Mass Balance or Segregated) or covered by PalmTrace credits."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Target commits to moving beyond the use of a credit system toward the use of physically certified palm oil.  Our goal is for palm oil in our products to be certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) or an equivalent standard with a mass balance, segregated, or identity preserved supply chain certification by the end of 2022." " In 2017, 37.4 percent of palm oil [...] was certified sustainable via physical certification (Mass Balance or Segregated) or covered by PalmTrace credits."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Target commits to moving beyond the use of a credit system toward the use of physically certified palm oil.  Our goal is for palm oil in our products to be certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) or an equivalent standard with a mass balance, segregated, or identity preserved supply chain certification by the end of 2022." " In 2017, 37.4 percent of palm oil [...] was certified sustainable via physical certification (Mass Balance or Segregated) or covered by PalmTrace credits."
          • Target date
            2022
            0.8/1.3
            Target date
            2022
            0.8/1.3
            "Target commits to moving beyond the use of a credit system toward the use of physically certified palm oil.  Our goal is for palm oil in our products to be certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) or an equivalent standard with a mass balance, segregated, or identity preserved supply chain certification by the end of 2022." " In 2017, 37.4 percent of palm oil [...] was certified sustainable via physical certification (Mass Balance or Segregated) or covered by PalmTrace credits."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Target commits to moving beyond the use of a credit system toward the use of physically certified palm oil.  Our goal is for palm oil in our products to be certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) or an equivalent standard with a mass balance, segregated, or identity preserved supply chain certification by the end of 2022." " In 2017, 37.4 percent of palm oil [...] was certified sustainable via physical certification (Mass Balance or Segregated) or covered by PalmTrace credits."
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          8/11
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            "Target aspires to source palm oil that is produced in accordance with the following key principles, which are part of the RSPO standard: Palm oil cultivation must not cause deforestation of primary forests, areas of High Conservation Value or High Carbon Stock forest areas; Palm oil developments must not be planted on peat lands regardless of depth." "In 2017, 37.4 percent of palm oil [...] was certified sustainable via physical certification (Mass Balance or Segregated) or covered by PalmTrace credits."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "Target aspires to source palm oil that is produced in accordance with the following key principles, which are part of the RSPO standard: Palm oil cultivation must not cause deforestation of primary forests, areas of High Conservation Value or High Carbon Stock forest areas; Palm oil developments must not be planted on peat lands regardless of depth." "In 2017, 37.4 percent of palm oil [...] was certified sustainable via physical certification (Mass Balance or Segregated) or covered by PalmTrace credits."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "Target aspires to source palm oil that is produced in accordance with the following key principles, which are part of the RSPO standard: Palm oil cultivation must not cause deforestation of primary forests, areas of High Conservation Value or High Carbon Stock forest areas; Palm oil developments must not be planted on peat lands regardless of depth." "In 2017, 37.4 percent of palm oil [...] was certified sustainable via physical certification (Mass Balance or Segregated) or covered by PalmTrace credits."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Target aspires to source palm oil that is produced in accordance with the following key principles, which are part of the RSPO standard: Palm oil cultivation must not cause deforestation of primary forests, areas of High Conservation Value or High Carbon Stock forest areas; Palm oil developments must not be planted on peat lands regardless of depth." "In 2017, 37.4 percent of palm oil [...] was certified sustainable via physical certification (Mass Balance or Segregated) or covered by PalmTrace credits."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Target aspires to source palm oil that is produced in accordance with the following key principles, which are part of the RSPO standard: Palm oil cultivation must not cause deforestation of primary forests, areas of High Conservation Value or High Carbon Stock forest areas; Palm oil developments must not be planted on peat lands regardless of depth." "In 2017, 37.4 percent of palm oil [...] was certified sustainable via physical certification (Mass Balance or Segregated) or covered by PalmTrace credits."
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
            Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          10/11
          • Commitment details
            downstream company, traces to Processing Facility, checks compliance
            4/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            downstream company, traces to Processing Facility, checks compliance
            4/4
            "Target will engage in efforts to increase traceability in palm oil and will encourage our supply chain partners to do the same.  As such, Target aims to trace its palm oil supply chain to the mill level by the end of 2022."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "Target will engage in efforts to increase traceability in palm oil and will encourage our supply chain partners to do the same.  As such, Target aims to trace its palm oil supply chain to the mill level by the end of 2022."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "Target will engage in efforts to increase traceability in palm oil and will encourage our supply chain partners to do the same.  As such, Target aims to trace its palm oil supply chain to the mill level by the end of 2022."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Target will engage in efforts to increase traceability in palm oil and will encourage our supply chain partners to do the same.  As such, Target aims to trace its palm oil supply chain to the mill level by the end of 2022."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Target will engage in efforts to increase traceability in palm oil and will encourage our supply chain partners to do the same.  As such, Target aims to trace its palm oil supply chain to the mill level by the end of 2022."
          • Target date
            2022
            0.8/1.3
            Target date
            2022
            0.8/1.3
            "Target will engage in efforts to increase traceability in palm oil and will encourage our supply chain partners to do the same.  As such, Target aims to trace its palm oil supply chain to the mill level by the end of 2022."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Target will engage in efforts to increase traceability in palm oil and will encourage our supply chain partners to do the same.  As such, Target aims to trace its palm oil supply chain to the mill level by the end of 2022."
      • Reporting and Implementation
        17/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          4/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            "Target commits to moving beyond the use of a credit system toward the use of physically certified palm oil.  Our goal is for palm oil in our products to be certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) or an equivalent standard with a mass balance, segregated, or identity preserved supply chain certification by the end of 2022." " In 2017, 37.4 percent of palm oil [...] was certified sustainable via physical certification (Mass Balance or Segregated) or covered by PalmTrace credits."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            2/2
            "Target aspires to source palm oil that is produced in accordance with the following key principles, which are part of the RSPO standard: Palm oil cultivation must not cause deforestation of primary forests, areas of High Conservation Value or High Carbon Stock forest areas; Palm oil developments must not be planted on peat lands regardless of depth." "In 2017, 37.4 percent of palm oil [...] was certified sustainable via physical certification (Mass Balance or Segregated) or covered by PalmTrace credits."
        • Reporting is independently verified
          3/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            certification
            "Target commits to moving beyond the use of a credit system toward the use of physically certified palm oil.  Our goal is for palm oil in our products to be certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) or an equivalent standard with a mass balance, segregated, or identity preserved supply chain certification by the end of 2022." "In 2017, 37.4 percent of palm oil [...] was certified sustainable via physical certification (Mass Balance or Segregated) or covered by PalmTrace credits."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            certification
            "Target aspires to source palm oil that is produced in accordance with the following key principles, which are part of the RSPO standard: Palm oil cultivation must not cause deforestation of primary forests, areas of High Conservation Value or High Carbon Stock forest areas; Palm oil developments must not be planted on peat lands regardless of depth." "In 2017, 37.4 percent of palm oil [...] was certified sustainable via physical certification (Mass Balance or Segregated) or covered by PalmTrace credits."
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          "Target continuously engages with our suppliers to ensure they are using sustainably sourced palm oil. We plan to directly engage with any supplier who is not in compliance with our sustainable timber expectations."
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/4
          Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/4
          "Target continuously engages with our suppliers to ensure they are using sustainably sourced palm oil. We plan to directly engage with any supplier who is not in compliance with our sustainable timber expectations."
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Attending & contributing to meetings
          "Joined the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil’s North American Sustainable Palm Oil Network, designed to facilitate cross-sector work in a pre-competitive space on the sourcing of Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) in North America, foster collaboration and impact programs in producing nations and share best practices."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Full
          4/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Full
          4/4
          943 tonnes
          Target Corp. report total palm oil usage in their 2018 Corporate Responsibility Report. 
      • Social Considerations
        9/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          "Target requires FPIC (free, prior and informed consent), which aims to mitigate risks of negative social impacts from forest commodities such as deforestation or effects on indigenous communities."
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Target Corp. require suppliers to ensure their workers have freedom of association, and to be free from forced labour, child labour and discrimination. 
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Target Corp. require suppliers to ensure their workers are not discriminated against on the basis of gender.
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
    • Pulp & Paper
      35/86
      • Commitment Strength
        20/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          12/15
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Type of commitment: Zero deforestation; Certification
            Certification schemes mentioned: FSC
            "Vendors of products made of wood, paper, paper-based packaging and wood based fiber covered under the scope of this policy should ensure that their products do not contain the following categories[...]Timber harvested from areas in which high conservation values are threatened by poor forest management activities[...]Timber harvested from areas being converted from forests and other wooded ecosystems to plantations or non-forest use". " While Target recognizes the value that many certifications bring to the market such as SFI -Sustainable Forestry Initiative and PEFC - Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, we have a preference for FSC – Forest Stewardship Council certification and will work with our suppliers to help them achieve full chain of custody and increase the penetration of FSC certified products available in our stores and online". 
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "Vendors of products made of wood, paper, paper-based packaging and wood based fiber covered under the scope of this policy should ensure that their products do not contain the following categories[...]Timber harvested from areas in which high conservation values are threatened by poor forest management activities[...]Timber harvested from areas being converted from forests and other wooded ecosystems to plantations or non-forest use". " While Target recognizes the value that many certifications bring to the market such as SFI -Sustainable Forestry Initiative and PEFC - Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, we have a preference for FSC – Forest Stewardship Council certification and will work with our suppliers to help them achieve full chain of custody and increase the penetration of FSC certified products available in our stores and online". 
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "Vendors of products made of wood, paper, paper-based packaging and wood based fiber covered under the scope of this policy should ensure that their products do not contain the following categories[...]Timber harvested from areas in which high conservation values are threatened by poor forest management activities[...]Timber harvested from areas being converted from forests and other wooded ecosystems to plantations or non-forest use". " While Target recognizes the value that many certifications bring to the market such as SFI -Sustainable Forestry Initiative and PEFC - Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, we have a preference for FSC – Forest Stewardship Council certification and will work with our suppliers to help them achieve full chain of custody and increase the penetration of FSC certified products available in our stores and online". 
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Vendors of products made of wood, paper, paper-based packaging and wood based fiber covered under the scope of this policy should ensure that their products do not contain the following categories[...]Timber harvested from areas in which high conservation values are threatened by poor forest management activities[...]Timber harvested from areas being converted from forests and other wooded ecosystems to plantations or non-forest use". " While Target recognizes the value that many certifications bring to the market such as SFI -Sustainable Forestry Initiative and PEFC - Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, we have a preference for FSC – Forest Stewardship Council certification and will work with our suppliers to help them achieve full chain of custody and increase the penetration of FSC certified products available in our stores and online". 
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Vendors of products made of wood, paper, paper-based packaging and wood based fiber covered under the scope of this policy should ensure that their products do not contain the following categories[...]Timber harvested from areas in which high conservation values are threatened by poor forest management activities[...]Timber harvested from areas being converted from forests and other wooded ecosystems to plantations or non-forest use". " While Target recognizes the value that many certifications bring to the market such as SFI -Sustainable Forestry Initiative and PEFC - Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, we have a preference for FSC – Forest Stewardship Council certification and will work with our suppliers to help them achieve full chain of custody and increase the penetration of FSC certified products available in our stores and online". 
          • Target date
            2022
            0.8/1.3
            Target date
            2022
            0.8/1.3
            "In 2017 we announced five new packaging goals, including sourcing all owned brand paper-based packaging from sustainably managed forests by 2022." 
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Vendors of products made of wood, paper, paper-based packaging and wood based fiber covered under the scope of this policy should ensure that their products do not contain the following categories[...]Timber harvested from areas in which high conservation values are threatened by poor forest management activities[...]Timber harvested from areas being converted from forests and other wooded ecosystems to plantations or non-forest use". " While Target recognizes the value that many certifications bring to the market such as SFI -Sustainable Forestry Initiative and PEFC - Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, we have a preference for FSC – Forest Stewardship Council certification and will work with our suppliers to help them achieve full chain of custody and increase the penetration of FSC certified products available in our stores and online". 
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          8/11
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: Recycled content; Reduction of material inputs
            "Target believes that use of post-consumer recycled and alternative (non-wood) fibers should be increased to reduce the pressure on forests. Target aims to increase the use of recycled materials in our products and packaging when available and meeting product performance requirements and competitive market conditions". 
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "Target believes that use of post-consumer recycled and alternative (non-wood) fibers should be increased to reduce the pressure on forests. Target aims to increase the use of recycled materials in our products and packaging when available and meeting product performance requirements and competitive market conditions". 
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "Target believes that use of post-consumer recycled and alternative (non-wood) fibers should be increased to reduce the pressure on forests. Target aims to increase the use of recycled materials in our products and packaging when available and meeting product performance requirements and competitive market conditions". 
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Target believes that use of post-consumer recycled and alternative (non-wood) fibers should be increased to reduce the pressure on forests. Target aims to increase the use of recycled materials in our products and packaging when available and meeting product performance requirements and competitive market conditions". 
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Target believes that use of post-consumer recycled and alternative (non-wood) fibers should be increased to reduce the pressure on forests. Target aims to increase the use of recycled materials in our products and packaging when available and meeting product performance requirements and competitive market conditions". 
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
            Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
            "Target believes that use of post-consumer recycled and alternative (non-wood) fibers should be increased to reduce the pressure on forests. Target aims to increase the use of recycled materials in our products and packaging when available and meeting product performance requirements and competitive market conditions". 
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
            Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
      • Reporting and Implementation
        9/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          2/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            "Vendors of products made of wood, paper, paper-based packaging and wood based fiber covered under the scope of this policy should ensure that their products do not contain the following categories[...]Timber harvested from areas in which high conservation values are threatened by poor forest management activities[...]Timber harvested from areas being converted from forests and other wooded ecosystems to plantations or non-forest use". " While Target recognizes the value that many certifications bring to the market such as SFI -Sustainable Forestry Initiative and PEFC - Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, we have a preference for FSC – Forest Stewardship Council certification and will work with our suppliers to help them achieve full chain of custody and increase the penetration of FSC certified products available in our stores and online". 
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          1/4
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            certification
            "Vendors of products made of wood, paper, paper-based packaging and wood based fiber covered under the scope of this policy should ensure that their products do not contain the following categories[...]Timber harvested from areas in which high conservation values are threatened by poor forest management activities[...]Timber harvested from areas being converted from forests and other wooded ecosystems to plantations or non-forest use". " While Target recognizes the value that many certifications bring to the market such as SFI -Sustainable Forestry Initiative and PEFC - Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, we have a preference for FSC – Forest Stewardship Council certification and will work with our suppliers to help them achieve full chain of custody and increase the penetration of FSC certified products available in our stores and online". 
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          Yes
          2/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes
          2/2
          1994
          "At Target, it is our position that [we will] avoid illegal sources, and plantations converted after 1994."
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No monitoring
          0/4
          Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No monitoring
          0/4
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/4
          Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/4
          "Target continuously engages with our suppliers to ensure they are using sustainably sourced timber. We plan to directly engage with any supplier who is not in compliance with our sustainable timber expectations."
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Attending & contributing to meetings
          "We are a member of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition to leverage our collective power as an industry to make packaging more sustainable, including sourcing packaging responsibly."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
      • Social Considerations
        5/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Target Corp. require suppliers to ensure their workers have freedom of association, and to be free from forced labour, child labour and discrimination. 
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Target Corp. require suppliers to ensure their workers are not discriminated against on the basis of gender.
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
    • Soy
      5/86
      • Commitment Strength
        0/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          0/21
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/10.7
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/2
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/2
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/15
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/2
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/2
      • Reporting and Implementation
        0/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/4
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/4
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2.7
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2.7
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No monitoring
          0/4
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
      • Social Considerations
        5/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Target Corp. require suppliers to ensure their workers have freedom of association, and to be free from forced labour, child labour and discrimination. 
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Target Corp. require suppliers to ensure their workers are not discriminated against on the basis of gender.
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
    • Timber
      32/86
      • Commitment Strength
        18/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          18/21
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            8/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            8/10.7
            Type of commitment: Zero deforestation
            Certification schemes mentioned: FSC
            "Vendors of products made of wood, paper, paper-based packaging and wood based fiber covered under the scope of this policy should ensure that their products do not contain the following categories[...]Timber harvested from areas in which high conservation values are threatened by poor forest management activities[...]Timber harvested from areas being converted from forests and other wooded ecosystems to plantations or non-forest use". " While Target recognizes the value that many certifications bring to the market such as SFI -Sustainable Forestry Initiative and PEFC - Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, we have a preference for FSC – Forest Stewardship Council certification and will work with our suppliers to help them achieve full chain of custody and increase the penetration of FSC certified products available in our stores and online". 
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "Vendors of products made of wood, paper, paper-based packaging and wood based fiber covered under the scope of this policy should ensure that their products do not contain the following categories[...]Timber harvested from areas in which high conservation values are threatened by poor forest management activities[...]Timber harvested from areas being converted from forests and other wooded ecosystems to plantations or non-forest use". " While Target recognizes the value that many certifications bring to the market such as SFI -Sustainable Forestry Initiative and PEFC - Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, we have a preference for FSC – Forest Stewardship Council certification and will work with our suppliers to help them achieve full chain of custody and increase the penetration of FSC certified products available in our stores and online". 
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "Vendors of products made of wood, paper, paper-based packaging and wood based fiber covered under the scope of this policy should ensure that their products do not contain the following categories[...]Timber harvested from areas in which high conservation values are threatened by poor forest management activities[...]Timber harvested from areas being converted from forests and other wooded ecosystems to plantations or non-forest use". " While Target recognizes the value that many certifications bring to the market such as SFI -Sustainable Forestry Initiative and PEFC - Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, we have a preference for FSC – Forest Stewardship Council certification and will work with our suppliers to help them achieve full chain of custody and increase the penetration of FSC certified products available in our stores and online". 
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "Vendors of products made of wood, paper, paper-based packaging and wood based fiber covered under the scope of this policy should ensure that their products do not contain the following categories[...]Timber harvested from areas in which high conservation values are threatened by poor forest management activities[...]Timber harvested from areas being converted from forests and other wooded ecosystems to plantations or non-forest use". " While Target recognizes the value that many certifications bring to the market such as SFI -Sustainable Forestry Initiative and PEFC - Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, we have a preference for FSC – Forest Stewardship Council certification and will work with our suppliers to help them achieve full chain of custody and increase the penetration of FSC certified products available in our stores and online". 
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "Vendors of products made of wood, paper, paper-based packaging and wood based fiber covered under the scope of this policy should ensure that their products do not contain the following categories[...]Timber harvested from areas in which high conservation values are threatened by poor forest management activities[...]Timber harvested from areas being converted from forests and other wooded ecosystems to plantations or non-forest use". " While Target recognizes the value that many certifications bring to the market such as SFI -Sustainable Forestry Initiative and PEFC - Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, we have a preference for FSC – Forest Stewardship Council certification and will work with our suppliers to help them achieve full chain of custody and increase the penetration of FSC certified products available in our stores and online". 
          • Target date
            Current
            2/2
            Target date
            Current
            2/2
            "Vendors of products made of wood, paper, paper-based packaging and wood based fiber covered under the scope of this policy should ensure that their products do not contain the following categories[...]Timber harvested from areas in which high conservation values are threatened by poor forest management activities[...]Timber harvested from areas being converted from forests and other wooded ecosystems to plantations or non-forest use". " While Target recognizes the value that many certifications bring to the market such as SFI -Sustainable Forestry Initiative and PEFC - Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, we have a preference for FSC – Forest Stewardship Council certification and will work with our suppliers to help them achieve full chain of custody and increase the penetration of FSC certified products available in our stores and online". 
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            2/2
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            2/2
            "Vendors of products made of wood, paper, paper-based packaging and wood based fiber covered under the scope of this policy should ensure that their products do not contain the following categories[...]Timber harvested from areas in which high conservation values are threatened by poor forest management activities[...]Timber harvested from areas being converted from forests and other wooded ecosystems to plantations or non-forest use". " While Target recognizes the value that many certifications bring to the market such as SFI -Sustainable Forestry Initiative and PEFC - Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, we have a preference for FSC – Forest Stewardship Council certification and will work with our suppliers to help them achieve full chain of custody and increase the penetration of FSC certified products available in our stores and online". 
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/15
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1.5
            Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/2
            Target date
            No deadline
            0/2
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/2
      • Reporting and Implementation
        9/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          3/6
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            4/4
            "Vendors of products made of wood, paper, paper-based packaging and wood based fiber covered under the scope of this policy should ensure that their products do not contain the following categories[...]Timber harvested from areas in which high conservation values are threatened by poor forest management activities[...]Timber harvested from areas being converted from forests and other wooded ecosystems to plantations or non-forest use". " While Target recognizes the value that many certifications bring to the market such as SFI -Sustainable Forestry Initiative and PEFC - Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, we have a preference for FSC – Forest Stewardship Council certification and will work with our suppliers to help them achieve full chain of custody and increase the penetration of FSC certified products available in our stores and online". 
        • Reporting is independently verified
          2/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2.7/2.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2.7/2.7
            certification
            "Vendors of products made of wood, paper, paper-based packaging and wood based fiber covered under the scope of this policy should ensure that their products do not contain the following categories[...]Timber harvested from areas in which high conservation values are threatened by poor forest management activities[...]Timber harvested from areas being converted from forests and other wooded ecosystems to plantations or non-forest use". " While Target recognizes the value that many certifications bring to the market such as SFI -Sustainable Forestry Initiative and PEFC - Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, we have a preference for FSC – Forest Stewardship Council certification and will work with our suppliers to help them achieve full chain of custody and increase the penetration of FSC certified products available in our stores and online". 
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2.7
        • Deforestation cut off date
          Yes
          2/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes
          2/2
          1994
          "At Target, it is our position that [we will] avoid illegal sources, and plantations converted after 1994."
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No monitoring
          0/4
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/4
          Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/4
          "Target continuously engages with our suppliers to ensure they are using sustainably sourced timber. We plan to directly engage with any supplier who is not in compliance with our sustainable timber expectations."
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
      • Social Considerations
        5/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Target Corp. require suppliers to ensure their workers have freedom of association, and to be free from forced labour, child labour and discrimination. 
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Target Corp. require suppliers to ensure their workers are not discriminated against on the basis of gender.
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
  • Commitment strength
    14/36
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    7/34
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    6/16
    Avg. score

Profile

Target Corporation is a leading United States retailer with over 1,800 stores. The company is recognised as an industry leader, and in 2016 was ranked among the top 50 on the Fortune 500. It sells a variety of products including food, personal care items, paper products, furniture and apparel. Amongst these product lines Target sells several own-brand goods under labels including Market Pantry and Archer Farms. Through its retail and production operations Target is exposed to a variety of forest risk commodities including palm oil, soy, beef, timber and paper. 

Sector
Industry sector 
Food retail, Furniture & flooring
Segments
Retailer
HQ
HQ 
United States
Company Type
Company type 
Public listed
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

Top Brands

A new day, Archer Farms, Art Class, Auden, Ava and Viv, Boots & Barkley, Cat & Jack, Cloud Island, Colsie, Everspring, Good & Gather, Goodfellow & Co, Heath & Hand with Magnolia, Heyday, Hyde & EEK, JoyLab, Kona Sol, Made by Design, Market Pantry, More than Magic, Opalhouse, Original Use, Pillowfort, Project 62, Prologue, Room Essentials, Shade & Shore, Simply balanced, Smartly, Smith & Hawken, Sonia Kushak, Spritz, Stars Above, Sun Squad, Sutton & Dodge, Threshold, Universal Thread, Wild Fable, Wondershop, Xhilaration

How we assess the Forest 500

To ensure deforestation free supply chains, companies need to adopt and implement timebound and measurable policies for forest risk commodities.

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