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Target Shares Corporate Responsibility Progress in 1st ESG Report

Retailer makes strides to embed sustainability throughout its business
Emily Crowe, Progressive Grocer
Target Forward
Target's first-ever ESG report provides an update on the retailer's Target Forward strategy and its sustainability initiatives.

Target Corp.’s annual corporate responsibility report has been rebranded this year, and is now billed as the retailer’s inaugural "2022 Target Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report." The report takes an in-depth look at progress made toward the Target Forward sustainability strategy, as well as other priorities including cybersecurity and governance.

On the environmental side, Target saw an absolute reduction in operational emissions of 32% and also retrofitted its first net zero energy store. The company also introduced Target Zero earlier this year, which empowers guests to more easily shop for products with packaging designed to be refillable, reusable or compostable, or made with recycled content or plastic alternatives.

As for its team members, Target enhanced its total rewards package to create greater equity and opportunity. A new starting wage range of $15-$24 per hour was set, and a new debt-free education program and medical plan extension were undertaken.

“As I reflect on a year that was marked by tremendous growth and continued volatility, one thing never wavered: the Target team’s commitment to care,” says CEO Brian Cornell. “The care I see from our team strikes me as both a differentiator in our industry and an outstanding asset in addressing the great social and environmental challenges of our time. Applying our business strengths in service to people and the planet is also making our business more innovative and resilient and positioning us for continued growth.” 

Further, Target highlighted its commitment to spend more than $2 billion with Black-owned businesses over the next three years, as well as its $100 million commitment to help fuel economic prosperity in Black communities across the U.S. during the same time period. As such, the retailer became a founding supporter of the Pensole Lewis College of Business and Design, which offers free tuition to Black leaders, designers and engineers.

“Our work through Target Forward coincides with our commitment to accountability as we work to create positive change,” said Amanda Nusz, SVP, Target corporate responsibility, and president of the Target Foundation. “One year after the launch of Target Forward, I’m proud that dozens of initiatives are already underway to drive progress toward our goals, fueled by our team and, critically, participation from our vendors, suppliers and community partners.”  

Minneapolis-based Target Corp. is No. 6 on The PG 100, Progressive Grocer’s 2022 list of the top food and consumables retailers in North America, with nearly 2,000 locations.

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