2021 Target Corporate Responsibility Report

Looking forward for a sustainable future

75% of Americans live within 10 miles of a Target store. As one of the largest U.S. retailers, Target’s ultimate goal is to co-create an equitable and regenerative future for all. Their efforts are organized around three key ambitions: designing and elevating sustainable brands, innovating to eliminate waste and accelerating opportunity and equity. This executive summary highlights Target’s progress, new strategy and goals that will carry their impact forward in the years to come, as outlined in their report published in August 2021 that reflects activities and initiatives in their fiscal year 2020.

By 2030, Target intends for the leading raw materials (forest products, cotton and more) that go into their owned-brand products to be 100% recycled, regenerative or sustainably sourced.

By 2025, they intend all strategic business partners to rate Target’s purchasing practices at 4 stars or above on the Better Buying Supplier Survey.

Target was the first major retailer to publish a list of Tier 1 factories and the first U.S. retailer to publish a list of their Tier 2 apparel wet-processing factories. 

In 2020, Target signed several renewable power purchase and utility agreements to further their commitment to power their operations with renewable energy.

Target has certified 59 stores to date to the U.S. EPA’s GreenChill standards and installed around 15,000 hydrofluorocarbon (HFC)-free units in their stores, (57% of their operations’ refrigerants in stand-alone cases).

By 2025, they aim to have 50% of apparel, footwear, home and hardlines suppliers (by spend) achieve zero manufacturing waste to landfill. They also intend to leverage soil health practices to improve at least 1 million acres of land.

In 2020, the company launched Target’s Circular Design Guide, a web-based training hub for team members to learn about circular design and how it impacts their daily work.

Target’s Universal Thread denim team is working to enable a future where these jeans can be recaptured in a closed loop, and has contributed to over 30% of Target’s total wash water reductions.

The Spritz paper products team has now designed and is offering compostable tableware and 95% recycled FSC-certified paper gift bags that are designed for recyclability. The team has redesigned its packaging to be recyclable, too.

In March 2020, they replaced bubble wrap with “hexcel,” a 100% recyclable product, for all product orders shipped from stores.

Their partnership with BCI saved an estimated 12.9 billion gallons of water in 2020.


of operational waste was diverted from landfill, 60.2% of construction waste


reduction of water used in operations

We’re boldly organizing to help address global challenges and drive better outcomes for all people and the planet.

Brian Cornell

Chairman and CEO

Target Forward, Target’s new chapter in their enterprise sustainability strategy, further deepens their focus on restoring and regrowing natural systems — and ensuring their team, communities and partners around the globe can thrive. They embed sustainability into how they design their products and processes, and are continuously exploring new ways to optimize resource use and innovate to eliminate waste.

From renewable energy projects and embedding circular design principles to global partnerships and deep supplier engagement, Target is carrying a positive impact into the homes and lives of their guests.



electric vehicle charging spaces were added at 100 sites as of 2020


pounds of food donated to Feeding America in 2020 (78.7 million meals)

As we’ve seen for years, sustainability builds resiliency in our operating model and fuels growth and innovation.

Brian Cornell

Chairman and CEO