Wood and cellulose

Forests provide a habitat for 80 per cent of the world’s land biodiversity and 1.6 billion people rely on forest resources for their livelihoods. Forests make a positive contribution to the environment by improving air quality, absorbing carbon dioxide, conserving water and preserving soil. Yet human activity, illegal logging, poor management and agricultural supply chains have massively depleted the world’s forests, putting the environment at risk.

Wood and wood-derived fibres, such as man-made cellulose, are essential commodities for Target and we have a responsibility to source these materials responsibly. Target is committed to eliminating illegal logging and deforestation from our supply chain; working to ensure that wood, paper and forest fibres sourced for our own brand products come from responsibly managed forests, whilst also seeking alternative fibre sources such as agricultural residues or recycled fabrics to further reduce environmental and social impact and transition to a circular economy.

Our Progress

Approximately 10% of cellulose products have been confirmed as using wood pulp sourced as low risk of coming from ancient and endangered forests in the past year. These products were also made from wood pulp sourced from responsibly managed forests and converted into fibres using less energy and water compared to conventional methods. Further supply chain mapping is underway to ensure that at a minimum, our suppliers are sourcing fibres that are low risk of being illegally logged or contributing to deforestation.

Target complies with the Australian Illegal Logging Prohibition Act and we conduct due diligence on all regulated timber products to reduce the risk that illegally logged timber is imported or processed. In addition, some of our products carry Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certification. FSC is a not for profit organisation dedicated to the promotion of responsible forest management worldwide. When you see the FSC® label, you can be assured that the materials have been harvested to benefit communities, wildlife and the environment. Learn more here [insert URL link: https://au.fsc.org/en-au]”

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