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Ethical Sourcing

Our approach to sourcing

Our Ethical Sourcing Code

Target Australia has joined Kmart Australia, our sister company within the Wesfarmers Group, to establish a combined Department Stores Ethical Sourcing Program. The ethical sourcing program is supported by our Ethical Sourcing Code (“ESC”), which includes minimum requirements and expectations that all suppliers must meet as a condition of doing business with Target and Kmart. The ESC is based on our commitment to respecting the core labour standards established by the International Labour Organization (ILO), protecting and respecting human rights as set out in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and promoting environmental sustainability. The ESC forms part of the contract with our suppliers and is supported by a rigorous audit program. We expect our suppliers to be honest and transparent in their dealings with us and to commit to making continuous improvements in their operations.

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.

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.

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