Target

Summary of Target grade

Pollinator Health Policy

Pollinator Health Policy

2 out of 45 points

Explanation of points

Target has a public commitment to continue to expand organic offerings on its Sustainable Products page.

Target does not have a written, publicly available pollinator health policy for food and beverage supply chains that addresses the need to reduce use of pesticides of concern to pollinator and human health and to expand healthy, bee-friendly organic offerings. A strong policy would include shifting to least-toxic farming approaches in order to avoid regrettable substitution of one toxic pesticide with another. The ecological farming methods that underpin organic farming, integrated pest management and regenerative agriculture reduce farmers’ overall need for pesticides.

Commitment to reduce pesticide use
0 out of 20 points
Scope of pesticide commitment
0 out of 10 points
Commitment to least-toxic approaches in non-organic supply chains
0 out of 5 points
Commitment to expand organic
2 out of 10 points
Implementation

Implementation

6 out of 90 points

Explanation of points

Target’s 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility report states that Target set a goal to increase organic offerings by 25% which resulted in a 139% increase in organic offerings. Target did not continue reporting on organic expansion in its 2017 or 2018 annual reports. Friends of the Earth recommends that Target report on the state of organic offerings in its 2019 annual report.

Target has not taken any other discernible action to reduce use of pesticides of concern to pollinator and human health or expand organic farming and other least-toxic approaches in its supply chains. The actions we evaluated include: 1) tracking use of pesticides in company supply chains, 2) measurably reducing pesticide use in the past three years and publicly reporting on data, 3) supporting farmers in non-organic supply chains to shift to least-toxic approaches such as integrated pest management and regenerative agriculture, 4) measurably expanding organic offerings in the past three years, 5) demonstrating support for U.S. growers to transition to organic farming, and 6) demonstrating advocacy for public policies aimed at reducing agricultural pesticide use, protecting pollinators and supporting the expansion of organic agriculture in the U.S.

Track pesticide use in supply chain
0 out of 15 points
Measurably reduce pesticide use
0 out of 20 points
Support farmers to implement least-toxic approaches in non-organic supply chains
0 out of 15 points
Measurably expand organic
6 out of 20 points
Support domestic organic growers
0 out of 15 points
Support public policies
0 out of 5 points
Transparency & Accountability

Transparency & Accountability

2 out of 21 points

Explanation of points

Target has a publicly available commitment to expand organic offerings on its website.

Target does not have publicly available commitments or policies related to reducing use of pesticides of concern to pollinators and human health in its supply chain. Target does not appear to include reduction of pesticides of concern to pollinators and human health or expansion of organic offerings in company Key Performance Indicators or other formal sustainability criteria. Target does not have educational content online about pesticides or organic farming, such as a full definition of the USDA certified organic label (prohibition of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, GMOs, antibiotics, and growth hormones, and promotion of farming methods that protect soil, water and biodiversity) or content on the value to pollinator and human health of decreasing use of toxic pesticides and expanding organic offerings.

Make policies and commitments publicly available
2 out of 6 points
Oversight
0 out of 5 points
Educate consumers
0 out of 10 points
Collaboration

Collaboration

5 out of 10 points

Explanation of points

Target has communicated with Friends of the Earth in the past year.

Complimentary Home & Garden Policies

Complimentary Home & Garden Policies

0 out of 9 points

Explanation of points

Target has not made a public commitment to reduce or phase out use of neonicotinoids in live goods and garden plants. Target has not made a public commitment to remove neonicotinoid or glyphosate products from store shelves.

Policy for live goods
0 out of 4 points
Policy for on-shelf pesticide products
0 out of 5 points

15 Points

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