Water is a precious natural resource, with water scarcity impacting over 2 billion people worldwide, and 1.1. billion people lacking access to freshwater. As a large retailer that uses a significant amount of water in producing our products, we accept our responsibility to minimise our water impacts.
Most of Target’s water usage is in the production of clothing, towel and bedding products, with the largest proportion in cotton farming, manufacturing and customers’ use.
In 2017, Target joined the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) as one aspect of our response to water scarcity. The BCI seeks to encourage cotton farmers to work on continuous improvement in water efficiency and management.
We have also recently joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition and aim to use the HIGG Index facilities management tool to capture total water usage data for 100 per cent of wet processing facilities used by our strategic supplier factories for clothing, towel and bedding products by July 2023. This data will be used to inform long-term target setting and to develop water efficiency improvement plans in partnership with our suppliers, such as investments in water-saving technologies and processes.
By July 2022, we have also committed to include guidance on how to minimise water usage on 100 per cent of care labels for clothing, towel and bedding products.
*Strategic suppliers are long-term suppliers that account for more than 50% of total order volume for our own brand clothing, towel and bedding products in the past 12 months.