The US big-box retailer meets goals on US employee wellbeing but could do much better on human rights in the global supply chain

New shoes? Back to school supplies? A new toaster? Cut-price celebrity designer dress? Chances are you can find what you’re looking for at Target.

Target is a popular US big-box retailer, catering to a slightly higher-end demographic than its much bigger competitor Walmart. Target has nearly 1,800 stores across the US, 239 million sq ft of retail space, and 341,000 employees. Shoppers - or “guests” - can find everything from groceries and fresh produce to clothing, personal care and homeware.

In the US, Walmart remains the dominant big-box player. Its 2015 revenues of $482bn were more than six and a half times more than Target’s $73.7bn. With a decade of sustainability efforts under its belt, Walmart is considered a leader in retail environmental sustainability, setting ambitious greenhouse gas emissions goals and leading the well-regarded Sustainability Consortium.

Target has more than 340,000 employees in the US

Late arrival

Target came a bit later to sustainability or corporate social responsibility (CSR) as it prefers to call its program. So do these two retail giants compete on CSR? A close look shows quite different priorities and approaches.

Target’s report is refreshingly transparent about its performance against the company’s...

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