Target is a leading department store, with 308 Target, Target Country and Urban stores across Australia. Our range includes women’s, men’s and children’s clothing, footwear, accessories, as well as nursery items, homewares, electrical, toys and other general merchandise.
We have more than 24,000 team members serving our customers and a growing online store with 58,000 products available, up from 36,000 last year. Our revenue this year was $3.7 billion.
On 7 June 2013, Target was one of the first Australian retailers to sign the Accord on Fire and Safety in Bangladesh, taking an active role in improving conditions for garment workers in Bangladesh. While not involving any of our suppliers, the tragic fire in the Rana Plaza factory in May 2013 emphasised the need for retailers to play an active part in this area. During the year, we also introduced a stricter policy prohibiting our suppliers from using unauthorised subcontracting to further promote visibility of our supply chain.
Women hold 45 per cent of all managerial positions at Target. Eighty team members attended a summit on Women in Leadership to gain insights into the challenges and successes of women at Target and to build clear action plans to support further success.
We achieved a significant increase in training hours, due to a growing suite of online training programs, greater focus on compliance training across all roles, an increase in professional development training and more visibility of training course enrolments. Across the business we undertook 727,072 hours of training. This included courses on financial and commercial capability, product knowledge awareness and strategic planning and management skills.
Target replaced silica gel packs with a recyclable alternative across all our footwear, removing 21.57 metric tonnes of silica waste during the year. We are currently trialling a similar replacement program for silica in handbags.
We continue to improve the sustainable design of stores by using energy efficient LED accent lighting in all new stores that have a long life and also eliminate the use of heavy metals in lamps. A national trial to improve air-conditioning controls with variable temperature levels based on both external temperature and operating mode of stores is underway and has led to a five per cent reduction in energy use for the trial stores.
We achieved a 21 per cent overall reduction in total recordable injury frequency rate this year. Part of this improved performance was due to a coaching program delivered internally by the Target health and safety team, and further supported by regular follow up. The program was undertaken at sites with a higher than average injury frequency rate.
More information on sustainability at Target is available at www.target.com.au/html/aboutus/aboutus.htm.