Target Outlines Commitment to Environmental Sustainability
Since opening its first store in 1962 Target has been integrating rigorous programs designed to eliminate its environmental impact, working hard to engage Target partners, employees and customers in its sustainability initiatives. Target's comprehensive sustainability commitments include using resources responsibly, reducing waste, and decreasing its carbon footprint; providing guests and team members with information concerning leading a more sustainable lifestyle, along with tools and incentives; expanding the selection of sustainable products Target offers for sale; constructing buildings that use space more efficiently.
By 2016 Target plans to meet the following sustainability objectives: decrease the percentage of operating waste dumped into landfills by 15 percent; reduce water usage by 10 percent per square foot; reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent per square foot; earn the ENERGY STAR label from the Environmental Protection Agency for minimum 75 percent of its buildings; improve the efficiency of merchandise transportation by 15 percent.
For more than three decades Target committed to superior energy efficiency and continuous improvement in facility operations has been integrating environmental sustainability strategies into its business activities, installing rooftop solar systems, energy-efficient light fixtures and other equipment designed to reduce waste. In addition, Target offers eco-friendly products and packaging options, has removed all farmed salmon from its shelves, offers a five-cent discount for each reusable bag purchased, and has introduced a comprehensive recycling program in all Target stores.
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation owns and operates around 2,000 stores in 49 states nationwide and Target.com. Target specializes in offering a fun and convenient shopping experience providing access to a wide range of products at competitive prices. To make high quality merchandise sold at Target even more affordable the corporation regularly issues Target Coupon Codes that grant extra discount when applied with the purchase.
Target also takes an active part in the charity work. Since 1946, the company has donated 5 percent of its income through community grants and programs, such as Take Charge of Education. Currently, the amount of donations constitutes over $3 million a week.