Target Sustainability Report
Target strives to be a sustainable, ethical and socially responsible business. We work to make a positive difference in all parts of our business, by minimising our environmental impact, being active members of our communities, promoting diversity and ensuring our products are sourced ethically.
Inspiring tomorrow’s environmental Leaders
Target is proud to be the Major Sponsor for Kids Teaching Kids, a school based learning model that works to encourage Australian children to learn about and care for their environment.
Investing in energy efficiency
Target continues to look at ways to reduce our carbon footprint by investing in the reduction of energy consumption across our sites.
We have developed an energy and sustainability strategic action program which includes audits of energy use at our highest energy consuming stores and followed up with remedial works. We have developed new lighting design standards featuring high efficiency LED fittings, improvements to building management systems to better control our air-conditioning, lighting and equipment usage. Such activities are being supported by the installation of interval data meters across our stores to assist with monitoring, measuring and managing consumption.
As a retailer, we can have an impact on waste by considering the life cycle of the products we sell by making changes to how products are packaged. Target has made commitments in relation to packaging under the Australian Packaging Covenant (APC), to which Target, through Wesfarmers, is a signatory.
The APC is a voluntary packaging waste reduction and recycling initiative between governments, the packaging industry, retailers and consumer brand owners.
Coat Hanger Recycling
77% of Target hangers are “recycled for re-use”. This is equivalent to 14.5 Olympic pools! New hangers are made using virgin polymer (raw material). Once they are recycled they become re-used. The remaining 23% of plastic waste that cannot be recycled for re-use is a mixture of broken hangers, promotional (non-Target) or given away at point of sale. This waste is then transported to a plastics recycler in Hong Kong where it is sorted and separated by polymer and made into granules used for other plastic product such as garden furniture, sign posts, garden equipment etc.
National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme Product Stewardship Agreement with DHL Supply Chain
Target is a liable party under The National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme, which is a co-regulatory Scheme. The objective of the scheme is to reduce the impact that electronic waste has on the environment, throughout their life cycle and to reduce the substances contained in these product from going into landfill sites.