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Target commits to 100% sustainable cotton by 2022


US department store retailer Target Corp has pledged to source 100% sustainable cotton by 2022 for its owned and exclusive apparel brands – and has introduced a new policy to help guide the way.

Outlined in its new 'Sustainable Sourcing Policy for Cotton Products,' the retailer aims to achieve full visibility into where the cotton used in its products is grown. It also aspires to "continuous improvement within the interconnected supply chain" through collaboration with farmers and brands, as well as other retailers and organisations. Target will track and validate its progress and share annual updates.

The sustainable cotton policy, which extends to its home and essentials lines, is founded in part upon the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The retailer says its priorities are to:

  • Ensure the cotton used in its supply chain is not cultivated or harvested using underage or forced labour;

  • Ensure working conditions in its supply chain are both ethical and compliant with applicable laws; and

  • Optimise production practices to minimise environmental impact, such as water use and pollution, and chemical use.

The policy comes almost a year after the Minneapolis-based company announced its commitments around responsible sourcing and sustainable products. Since then it has shared a closer look at its goals in progress in several areas, including chemicals, packaging and eliminating forced labour.


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