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Target Implements New Eco-Friendly Sourcing Policy for Forest Products

When it’s deliver-or-die, supply chains become the lifeblood of a company. To that end, the fashion industry has embraced technology to navigate today’s hyper-complicated supply chain, with myriad solutions shaping the first, middle and last mile. Call it Sourcing 2.0.

Target is taking another step to protect the environment.

The retailer established a new forest products policy that advances its goal of sourcing all the paper and wood-based fiber used in Target’s-owned products from forests that are credibly certified. The company wants to have several of its brands, including Spritz, and Smith &Hawken, be fully compliant with the new forests products policy by the end of fiscal 2017.

“Target is proud of our commitment to sustainability and healthy communities,” Target Sourcing Services president Kelly Caruso said. “We believe this policy is an important step in our journey as a responsible corporate citizen.”

While the policy goes through its beginning stages, Target will continue to make its supply chain more transparent. The company will work closely with suppliers and vendors to better understand the origins of raw materials in its products and improve the forests they originate from.

Target will begin testing with products containing wood or paper-based materials, since they both use Viscose, a forest based product. The company also aims to make its packaging more sustainable to support a circular economy in the future.

While Target improves its sustainable forests initiatives, the retailer will report on progress each year with its Corporate Responsibility Report. Due to the changing retail environment, Target also said it will continue to update and set new goals as needed.

The new forest product policy is Target’s second major move to improve its supply chain and boost environmental awareness. In coming years, the retailer plans to also make commodities, including beef and soy, deforestation free since both could potentially contribute to this greater environmental problem.

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