CA Transparency in Supply Chains Act

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On January 1, 2012, the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 (SB 657) went into effect in the State of California. Under the law, large manufacturers and retailers are required to disclose their efforts to eradicate slavery and human trafficking within their supply chains. The law’s underlying purpose is to educate consumers, so they can make informed decisions and purchase goods from companies that responsibly manage their supply chains.

At Target, we hold ourselves and our vendors accountable to high ethical standards wherever we do business. Target works diligently to ensure Target’s products are produced ethically by our suppliers and in accordance with Target's Standards of Vendor Engagement (“Target’s Standards”) and Target's Vendor Conduct Guide, which Target suppliers are subject to as a condition of doing business with Target. Target also undertakes enhanced compliance verification efforts for all vendors producing Target owned-brand goods overseas.  

Certification of Compliance with Laws
Also as a condition of doing business with Target, all of our suppliers warrant that the products they supply to Target, whether national brand or Target owned-brand, are manufactured in accordance with all applicable laws, regulations and standards – both of the United States as well as their country of origin. Target’s Standards expressly prohibit our suppliers from utilizing any forced or compulsory labor. They also mandate that workers receive fair wages and benefits in compliance with all applicable laws. Target will not do business with a vendor that fails to warrant such compliance. Moreover, Target will cease to do business with a vendor who fails to live up to that promise.      

Supplier Audits
As part of our efforts to verify Target’s owned-brand suppliers’ compliance with Target’s Standards and applicable laws, those suppliers must complete a human rights and compliance assessment as part of the factory registration process. All factories producing Target owned-brand goods must be registered before Target will accept goods produced there. Target, or its qualified, third-party auditors will frequently conduct unannounced factory audits overseas where Target owned-brand product is produced, to verify our suppliers’ compliance with Target’s Standards. For more information about Target’s assessment of owned-brand suppliers, please review Target's Comprehensive Social Compliance Audit Process

Verification of Product Supply Chains
Target utilizes a risk-based approach, which takes into consideration the general conditions of the country where the product is produced. For example, the unannounced factory audits discussed above, are prioritized upon this risk-based approach.   

Target has a zero-tolerance policy regarding forced labor within our stores and store operations, as well as in relation to our suppliers. If forced labor is found in a supplier’s factory, the factory is immediately deactivated from Target’s approved factory list and any merchandise in production there will not be accepted. For additional information related to supplier performance, probation/termination processes and training, please review Target's Social Compliance Operations. Target also makes an Integrity Hotline available to Target team members and our suppliers. The purpose of the Integrity Hotline is to provide a vehicle for anonymously reporting concerns dealing with potentially unfair, unlawful or unethical business practices and to maintain a system by which Target investigates claims and addresses complaints.  
Target Team Member and Supplier Training
Target administers mandatory training for team members responsible for sourcing and merchandising decisions on an array of topics, including Target’s Standards and Target’s Social Compliance program generally. We also require all team members to comply with our Business Conduct Guide, which includes a review of Target’s Standards. Target has an extensive library of Social Compliance training available for our suppliers, as well as a factory education guide that includes a social compliance section. Our training materials emphasize strong social compliance management practices and focus on preventing and managing related issues, including human trafficking and slavery. For additional information, please visit

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