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Ethical Sourcing

Our approach to sourcing

Our Ethical Sourcing Code

At Target Australia, we are committed to the safety and wellbeing of our team members, whether in Australia or in our offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Bangladesh. This commitment also extends to our suppliers around the world. In 2005, we launched an Ethical Sourcing Code, which sets out our requirements and expectations for suppliers doing business with us, such as appropriate workplace conditions, wages, worker rights, and health and safety standards. The Code aims to give our customers confidence that the products they buy from Target are produced in safe working conditions, and with respect for workers' human rights.

Increasing our transparency

Target is committed to ensuring transparency and safe working conditions in its overseas supplier factories. Supply chain transparency is key to Target’s commitment to improving working conditions and safety standards in countries we source product from. Target is progressively publishing details of factory partners from all sourcing countries. This list will be updated on a regular basis.

Bangladesh Accord

Target is committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all workers who make products destined for our shelves. Target was one of the first Australian retailers to sign the Bangladesh Accord, an independent agreement designed to make all garment factories in Bangladesh safe workplaces. It includes independent safety inspections at factories and public reporting of the results of these inspections.

Bangladesh Safe Motherhood Program supported by Target

Target has partnered with CARE Australia to launch the Safe Motherhood Program to the Gazipur region of Bangladesh. The safe motherhood program supports poor women and their families in Gazipur by delivering vital pre & post natal education programs and by connecting them to lifesaving healthcare services.

The Cotton Pledge

In 2012, Target signed the Responsible Sourcing Network's Cotton Pledge. We are committed to not knowingly source Uzbek cotton for the manufacturing of any of our products until forced child or adult labor practices are eliminated and verified.

Better Jobs for Workers

Target has joined Impactt’s Benefits for Business and Workers Program (BBW). A number of our major Bangladeshi supplier factories have signed to participate in the program.

BBW is an innovative training and consultancy program which focuses on improving factories’ productivity, efficiency, quality and human resources management and delivering better jobs for workers. BBW trained factories invest in their workforce, deliver proper induction systems, have better communications and better access to skills development and promotion, increasing employee satisfaction and prompting a sense of self-worth. Workers are able to enhance their skills, and access promotion, achieving better social mobility.

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