US retailer Target will source 100 per cent sustainable cotton by 2022 for use in its owned and exclusive national brands in apparel and home ware. The first step will be partnering vendors to map the supply chain for each product containing cotton. This mapping will require considerable time and effort in view of the complex nature of the cotton industry. But Target believes these changes can be implemented provided that companies work with vendors to map supply chains to improve transparency.
Other measures include: using water as efficiently as possible, especially important in areas where clean water is scarce; using chemicals and other inputs as efficiently as possible; improving soil health on the land where they farm; and promoting ethical working conditions – making sure no forced labor is used during the process.
Target is recognized as a leader in innovation. It has announced the introduction of a new policy to help guide and inform other companies on how best to implement sustainable cotton programs. This sustainable cotton policy is founded in part upon the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Target is an upscale discount retailer that provides high quality, on-trend merchandise at attractive prices. It has 1,816 stores in the United States.