Its larger rival gains more publicity for its sustainability efforts, but Target holds its own when it comes to embedding corporate social responsibility (CSR) at its headquarters and stores. Yesterday the Minnesota-based retail giant announced its corporate responsibility scorecard, with a focus on the environment, education, healthy living, and community work.
With the launch of its “Here for Good” portal, Target now provides more information to its employees and customers about healthier life decisions. For those warehouse stores in which employees work and “guests” shop, Target promises smarter buildings. Within those stores, Target will sell what it says are more responsible products. Finally, Target will run a leaner operation by eliminating waste, reducing its carbon footprint, and using resources far more responsibly.
Some of goals Target has accomplished so far include:
In the end, developing best practices from waste diversion to improving transportation efficiency is smart business for Target. Energy prices will increase, municipalities will charge more for hauling garbage, and customers will become even more discerning of their purchases than they are now. Meanwhile Target’s workforce of 350,000 has got to believe they are valued stakeholders. Target’s balance of meeting the needs of both customers, employees, towns and cities, and the environment all build a solid CSR template that other large companies, retailers or not, are wise to explore.
Leon Kaye has written for 3p since 2010 and become executive editor in 2018. His previous work includes writing for the Guardian as well as other online and print publications. In addition, he's worked in sales executive roles within technology and financial research companies, as well as for a public relations firm, for which he consulted with one of the globe’s leading sustainability initiatives. Currently living in Central California, he’s traveled to 70-plus countries and has lived and worked in South Korea, the United Arab Emirates and Uruguay.
Leon’s an alum of Fresno State, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and the University of Southern California's Marshall Business School. He enjoys traveling abroad as well as exploring California’s Central Coast and the Sierra Nevadas.