Animal Welfare

Our Challenge

Target is committed to ensuring the humane treatment of animals within our supply chain. We recognise the significant role animal- based agriculture plays in the economies of rural and regional communities. However, this should never come at the expense of animal welfare.

Animal-derived materials, such as wool and leather, make up a very small amount of fibres we use at Target – less than 1%. Nonetheless, we recognise that respect for animal welfare is an important topic for us to address.

Our Approach

Target is therefore committed to ensuring animals within our supply chain are treated in a manner that is consistent with the Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare:

  1. Freedom from hunger and thirst: by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigour.
  2. Freedom from discomfort:by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area.
  3. Freedom from pain, injury or disease:by prevention through rapid diagnosis and treatment.
  4. Freedom to express normal behaviour:by providing sufficient space proper facilities and company of the animal’s own kind.
  5. Freedom from fear and distress:by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering.

Our Animal Welfare Policy formalises our commitment to sourcing animal-based fibres and materials responsibly, and includes, among others, prohibitions on animal testing and Angora rabbit hair. The policy has been developed in consultation with leading animal welfare groups such as the RSPCA Australia, Four Paws Australia and Humane Society International Australia, and is applicable to all suppliers of our own brand products.

Animal Welfare Policy

Wool and leather are two of the animal-derived materials used by Target and we have set time-bound commitment to transition these materials to fully traceable sources that comply with our Animal Welfare Policy

We acknowledge we cannot drive the responsible sourcing of animal-based fibres and materials on our own. Through our membership of the global non -profit organisation, Textile Exchange, we have joined with other members, including textile suppliers, service providers, manufacturers, brands and retailers, farmers, and animal protection interest groups to promote responsible sourcing of virgin animal-based materials. In addition, we also support the use of recycled animal fibres, as well as the use of innovative and more sustainable alternatives to animal-based fibres.

Our Progress

In the past year, we have developed a strategy for transitioning our ranges in-line with our responsible wool target. Our next step is to work with our supplier to trace our current sources of wool and to assess gaps against our policy. We will then finalise our roadmap and commence implementation in-line with our 2023 target.

*Excluding footwear, accessories and all functional trims (e.g. zips) and decorative details (e.g. lace or ribbons).

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