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10 Feb 2015

Target response to China Labor Watch report: "Investigations on Toy Suppliers In China: Workers are still suffering"

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Target to respond to a report by China Labor Watch: ""Investigations on toy suppliers in China: Workers are still suffering".  Target sent the following response:

As you may know, Target has always been committed to the strongest business ethics and we hold ourselves and our partners accountable to the highest ethical standards. In fact, our Standards of Vendor Engagement require all vendors, including manufacturers, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers to share in and uphold our ethical standards.

We reviewed the referenced China Labor Watch report after it was issued late last year.  Target has no known production for its own brand products in any of the factories mentioned in the report, nor do we have any direct relationship with these factories. We have been in touch with the national brand vendors that utilize these factories. They are conducting a joint investigation and will keep Target informed of the results. 

Thank you for the opportunity to respond to your correspondence.