Target Steps Up Diversity Initiatives

As part of its commitment to creating a culture that is diverse, equitable and inclusive, Target has released a detailed racial and gender breakdown of its team across all levels of the organization. Along with issuing the report, Target also said it plans to increase representation of Black team members across the company by 20% over the next three years by sharpening its focus on advancement, retention and hiring.

Target’s Workforce Diversity Report, based on 2019 information, reveals that the company’s workforce of nearly 350,000 team members is 50% people of color and more than half (58%) are women. Nearly half (42%) of Target’s leadership team is comprised of women and nearly a quarter (24%) are people of color. Additionally, Target has doubled the representation of company officers of color in the past five years. On its board of directors, a third are women and nearly half are Latinx or Black. The company also operates stores that reflect the diversity of its consumers: more than half of its stores are run by female leaders and a third are managed by leaders of color.

To increase its representation of Black team members across the company, Target said it will leverage its stores, supply chain and HQ experiences to provide broader leadership pathways for Black team members to develop and advance; develop programs to hire and retain Black team members in career areas with low levels of representation, including technology, data sciences, merchandising and marketing; increase Target’s network of mentors and sponsors to help Black team members accelerate and advance their careers; ensure Target’s benefits and partnerships drive wellness and safety for Black team members; and conduct anti-racist trainings for leaders and team members that educate, build inclusion acumen, and foster a sense of belonging.

“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, Target. “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.”