Our Take

Citizens@Target is focused on many issues affecting our company, our industry and, most importantly, our Target team members and guests.

  • Key Issue: Payments

    Security

    Since our experience with a data breach in 2013, Target has been working with Congress and other stakeholders to protect and strengthen the payment ecosystem. Target supports a federal data breach notification and security standard for businesses and consumers. One federal standard would help simplify the process for consumers and eliminate confusion due to different state standards.

    In 2015, legislation was passed out of committees in the House and Senate but has not yet been voted on by Congress. While Congress continues to debate this issue, Target has taken action by deploying updated security technology for our guests. In 2015, we implemented chip and PIN technology at all point of sale terminals in our stores. In addition, Target proactively reissued all Target REDCards with chip and PIN technology. Target will continue to advocate for federal legislation that strengthens protections for consumers. 


    Interchange Fees

    Interchange fees, or swipe fees, are what retailers must pay to banks every time a customer uses a debit or credit card. These fees are one of Target’s largest expenses—representing hundreds of millions of dollars every year— and have continued to increase as a result of the broken interchange market that leaves retailers with little or no ability to negotiate lower rates.

    Swipe-fee reform was included in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act in 2010. In early 2011, opponents attempted to delay and ultimately repeal these reforms through legislation in Congress. Target joined a broad advocacy coalition of large and small retailers to support and defend the reforms. The law established swipe fee rates that are reasonable and proportional to their actual costs and more importantly, brought competition to debit cards by giving all merchants the ability to choose between at least two card networks.  This law has help to stop dramatically escalating fees and gives us some leverage to negotiate with the two largest networks, VISA and Mastercard. Target will continue to fight to preserve the reforms gained and will continue to push for additional reforms to improve the current marketplace.

  • Key Issue: Tax Reform

    The need for comprehensive changes of the federal tax code continues to grow. Target favors tax reform that broadens the tax base and lowers the rate. Any policy changes should keep businesses like Target, who are headquartered in the United States, competitive in the global marketplace. The retail industry pays one of the highest effective corporate income tax rates. Last year, Target paid 1.2 billion dollars in federal corporate income taxes.

    Target closely monitors the tax reform conversation at every level of government, and we work with lawmakers to advance policies that are best for our communities and business. Even a seemingly simple change to a tax law can have a huge ripple effect. In just one quarter last year, more than 350 local fee and sales tax changes needed to be implemented at different stores, adding up to more than 600,000 manual updates to our point-of-sale software.

    And when the federal government enacted a "bonus depreciation" provision to stimulate the economy, it meant that multi-state taxpayers like Target had to calculate depreciation in 30 different ways to comply with state income tax laws.


    E-fairness

    Due to a decades-old tax loophole that does not require sales tax collection, many online-only retailers receive as much as a 10 percent price advantage over brick-and-mortar retailers. This creates a competitive disadvantage for companies like Target that are required to collect state and local sales tax for both in-store and online purchases. In 2015, Target advocated that Congress pass legislation giving states the authority to require online-only retailers to collect and remit sales taxes – often referred to as E-Fairness legislation. The current system is based on the 1992 U.S. Supreme Court Quill decision which does not reflect the modern retail landscape.

    The legislation passed the Senate in 2014 but the House of Representatives continues to debate and consider options to resolve the issue. Some states continue to explore E-Fairness legislation while others have reached agreements with online-only retailers to collect sales tax. Target will continue to support state and federal efforts to level the playing field for retailers and achieve price parity at the point of sale. In addition to merchants, States are considering litigation inspired by a Supreme Court decision in 2015, questioning the current law in light of the significant changes in the ways retailers and consumers engage today. 

  • Key Issue: Trade

    Target knows that trade puts more money in our guests’ wallets by growing the economy and creating jobs.  When families are better off because of trade, our stores are, too.  And what’s good for our stores is good for our team members, the communities where we do business, and our suppliers, logistics companies, vendors and other partners throughout our global supply chain. 

    Target also supports trade and trade agreements because they can fix America’s current tariff system.  Tariffs – the taxes the government charges on imports – work against all of us by taxing basic consumer imports at a higher rate than luxury imports.  In other words, our guests pay higher taxes on baby clothes, pajamas and t-shirts than fancier items like silk lingerie and cashmere sweaters.  Higher taxes on basic necessities don’t make sense.  Trade agreements get rid of these high import taxes, which can reach 30 percent, helping Target pass on even more value to our guests.

    Target also engages with federal government agencies and nonprofit partners as well as trade associations and other retailers to benchmark our responsible sourcing best practices to ensure our products are produced ethically and in accordance with our Standards of Vendor Engagement.

    By helping government and nonprofit organizations better understand how we manage our supply chain responsibly and apply industry best practices, we can ultimately elevate and improve responsible sourcing across our industry.

  • Our Products

    Food
    Target is committed to providing high-quality and safe food products to our guests, and we require all suppliers to comply with state and federal laws. 

    Our Target-brand foods include our Simply Balanced line, with more than 200 products. The Simply Balanced line offers great tasting, wholesome grocery products made with simple, recognizable ingredients. Each product is free of artificial flavors, colors and preservatives, giving guests more of the ingredients they know and want and a food label they can understand. Beyond simple ingredients, many Simply Balanced products are also certified organic. Free of synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers, our organic products meet the strict standards of the USDA organic program.

    We’ve set a goal to increase our offering of organic food and beverages, including baby food and nutrition supplement bars by the end of fiscal year 2017, part of our commitment to expand our selection of sustainable products and address our guests' growing interest in organic options.

    Target is committed to the humane treatment of animals, and we believe they should be raised in clean, safe environments free from cruelty, abuse or neglect. In January 2016, we announced that we will work with our suppliers to increase our offerings of cage-free shell eggs nationwide, working toward a 100 percent cage-free shell egg assortment by 2025, based on available supply. We are also partnering closely with our pork product vendors to eliminate the use of sow gestation crates by 2022.


    Alcohol
    Target is always looking for ways to make shopping more convenient for our guests. In many states, this includes selling beer, wine and spirits, which we would like to do in all Target stores. Target takes the responsibility that comes with selling alcohol very seriously. Through numerous store processes and a comprehensive alcohol sales training program, Target places great emphasis on controlling and managing the sale of alcohol responsibly. 


    Product Safety
    Target offers a wide array of products for guests of all ages. We are keenly focused on providing high-quality and safe products to our guests and requiring vendors to comply with all federal, state and local laws. We support a scientific approach to chemical regulations and believe that restrictions should be addressed at the federal level to ensure consistent compliance across our global supply chain.

  • Our Guests

    Guest Experience
    Target guests expect an excellent shopping experience every time they visit one of our stores. To deliver that experience, we support flexible return policies, consistent pricing laws and the ability to offer a wide array of products to our guests. Target is concerned about any law that would mandate specific practices or signage at the point of sale that could unnecessarily hinder or slow the guest experience during checkout.

  • Our Stores and Supply Chain

    Environmental responsibility is a core component of our mission. Since opening our first store in 1962, Target has invested in the health and sustainability of our communities. We continue to integrate sustainable practices across our business with an eye on using our resources responsibly and maintaining the health of our communities.

    From the way we build our stores to the products on our shelves, sustainability is integrated throughout our business. We join our guests, team members and partners in making commitments we all can keep. Here at Target, we are continually working on the following four areas:


    Transportation
    As a user of the entire transportation system, Target has a comprehensive understanding of the challenges our nation faces when moving goods and products. Currently, the majority of transportation funding is distributed to each state from the federal government; therefore the transportation system takes a piecemeal approach to resolving congestion issues.

    Target monitors policies that address issues of congestion and carbon emissions at federal and state levels. We oppose regulations and taxes that are weighted unfairly on freight movement and believe that all vehicle taxes and user fees should be used for specific transportation infrastructure investments.

    To read more about our energy efficiency investments and sustainability goals, click here

  • Our Team

    Employment Philosophy
    Target has a longstanding commitment to building strong, healthy, safe communities, and we believe that commitment starts with our team.  Every day, our team members bring their talent, commitment and diverse perspectives to work—making our communities and company much better. At Target, we believe in the value of a diverse workforce, equal employment opportunity and a workplace free of all forms of discrimination. Target is also committed to providing a safe and secure working and shopping environment for our team members and guests.  We offer a wide variety of job opportunities from entry level to leadership positions and we are committed to creating a workplace where team members feel welcome, valued and respected. We provide competitive pay and benefits packages to ensure we have the best team in retail.  Our confidence and respect for our team members is reflected in our open door culture, which allows team members to share concerns and work collaboratively to solve them.