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Target aims to reduce chemicals in textiles
Feb 13, 2017

In late January, Target announced a new strategy to eliminate harmful chemicals from the products it sells. The new policy will aim to drive transparency, proactive chemical management and innovation.


Jennifer Silberman, Target’s chief sustainability officer

“Our chemical strategy will be one of the most comprehensive in the U.S. retail industry, including all Target-owned and national brand products and operations, not just formulated products,” says Target chief sustainability officer Jennifer Silberman. “It’s ambitious, but using our size, scale and expertise, we think we’ll be able to make significant progress. And we hope our robust approach will accelerate similar efforts across the industry.”

“Part of knowing what’s in products is understanding where they come from and how they’re made,” adds Irene Quarshie, vice president, quality and compliance, Target Sourcing Services. “So we’ll build on our work in the responsible sourcing space to help us verify that supply chain processes are sustainable, as well as ethical and responsible, from beginning to end.”

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