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Target: Caring for Customers and the Community

Bethany Rawlinson, Writer

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The nation’s second largest retail chain, Target first opened in 1962 in Roseville, Minnesota as a Dayton Company branch. The company’s highest selling division, Target expanded nationally in the 1980s and began self branding in the 1990s, eventually supplanting the parent company and renaming the company. Target sells a variety of products, including groceries, clothing, electronics, and furniture.

A company widely involved in philanthropy, Target created a positive image with its customers and other businesses, ranking number twenty-two on Fortune’s list of the “World’s Most Admired Companies” in 2010. In addition, the company gives more than three million dollars a week to surrounding communities and has given more than one hundred and fifty million dollars to schools across the United States.

Target also extends its philanthropic efforts by aiding natural disasters. For the terrorist attacks on New York on September 11th, the 2004 South Asian tsunami, and the 2005 Hurricane Katrina, Target contributed monetarily and allowed the use of its stores by relief organizations, donating necessary items like water and bug spray as well. Furthermore, Target donates extra merchandise to Goodwill for people experiencing financial hardship.

Concerned with the environmental effects of retail practices, Target implemented multiple strategies over the years. One particularly involved measure Target now practices includes reusing material and recycling hangers, cardboard, and batteries. The Garment Hanger Reuse Program alone prevented four hundred and thirty-four million hangers from disposal in landfills in 2007, totaling millions of pounds of plastic and metal materials.

Target saves energy by exclusively using LED and fluorescent lighting solutions. They reduce water waste by thirty percent using low-flow restrooms. The company plans future increases in their environmental policies and programs, installing less wasteful filtration systems and introducing more “green” buildings.

A socially conscious corporation, responsible shoppers can trust Target’s policies.

 

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