Target to Increase the Number of Black Employees By 20% Over Next 3 Years

Target has announced that it has plans to increase the representation of Black team members across the company by 20% over the next three years. It will do so by sharpening its focus on advancement, retention, and hiring.

“Inclusivity is a deeply rooted value at Target and we’ve had an ambitious diversity and inclusion strategy for many years for our guests and team. We know that having a diverse workforce and inclusive environment not only creates a stronger team but also provides the perspectives we need to create the products, services, experiences, and messages our guests expect,” said Melissa Kremer, chief human resources officer in a statement.

“The next step in this journey is being even more transparent with our progress by sharing a deeper look into the racial and gender diversity of our team, listening to our team’s feedback along the way, and using this information to drive a number of new commitments for our team.”

Target has also announced its commitment to social justice and racial equity and is launching a Racial Equity Action and Change (REACH) committee. The team of senior leaders from across Target represents a diverse range of executives who have perspectives and expertise that will help guide the retailer’s efforts to engage in the fight to end systemic racism in the United States.

“The changes we’re making are going to have a meaningful impact on the careers of our Black team members and prospective team members,” said Kiera Fernandez, vice president, Human Resources and chief diversity and inclusion officer.

“A diverse and inclusive team at Target is one where there’s equity in how we promote, retain, and hire team members. Additional leadership development, training programs, and mentorship for our Black team members, along with a focus in areas of the business where our Black representation is not as strong, will offer new career development opportunities for our team for years to come. And we know the support we have for our team helps extend our reach outside our walls, creating a ripple effect that impacts our guests and communities.”