racial equity action and change

Inclusivity is a core value at Target and we’re proud of our work to be an open and welcoming company. In the summer of 2020, we established the Racial Equity Action and Change (REACH) committee to accelerate our ongoing diversity, equity and inclusion strategy, with a unique focus on advancing racial equity for our Black team members and guests.

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building on Target's inclusivity value

REACH is helping us urgently advance our diversity, equity and inclusion work specific to Black team members and guests, with goals outlined for achieving long-term, measurable progress in racial equity and justice.

This work is led by a group of senior leaders from across Target who have job responsibilities that reflect key areas of focus and represent a diverse range of perspectives and expertise. They work hand-in-hand with our Leadership Team to drive this important work forward.

REACH committee members


REACH areas of focus

REACH is aligned to four key areas of focus.

We initiated REACH’s influence first within our own team, with the aim of creating a workplace where Black team members can build meaningful careers and have success at every level.

Our Progress

  • In September 2020, Target released its Workforce Diversity Report, which included a pledge to increase representation of Black team members across all levels of its business by 20% over the next three years.
  • We also simultaneously announced various systemic changes to increase retention and advancement, including accelerating new leadership pathways from stores and distribution centers to Target’s headquarters, activating a network of mentors and sponsors, and ensuring our benefits and partnerships drive wellness and safety for Black team members.
    • Disaggregating our data and conducting a deeper analysis in this way helped us clarify our areas of focus to make more specific commitments and hold ourselves accountable to advancing equity for our Black team members.
  • In addition, Target is a founding member of OneTen, a new coalition of companies combining forces over the next 10 years to train, hire and advance 1 million Black Americans without a four-year college degree into family-sustaining jobs with opportunities for advancement.

Our goal is to continue creating environments where Black guests feel welcome and see themselves represented throughout their experience with Target, including with the products we sell, our marketing and our in-store and online experience.

Our Progress: 

  • We have committed to spending more than $2 billion with Black-owned businesses by 2025 to enhance our retail operations and shopping experience, as well as help our Black-owned vendors grow and successfully scale their businesses in mass retail. This includes plans to:
    • Add products from more than 500 Black-owned businesses across our multi-category assortment
    • Increase spending with more Black-owned companies, such as marketing agencies, construction companies, facilities maintenance and more
    • Establish new resources, including the Forward Founders program, to support Black-owned companies and help them grow their businesses

We remain focused on working alongside Black communities to accelerate their economic opportunity and support the critical need to address and remove barriers of systemic racism in our society. One way we’ll accomplish this is by prioritizing investments which address racial inequities where Target operates today, and tomorrow.

Our Progress:

  • In addition, Target and the Target Foundation together committed $10 million in June 2020 to: support rapid relief and rebuilding, address inequality in Minneapolis, and affect long-term change through national social justice initiatives.

Through several public-private partnerships, we have started addressing key issues that will help end systemic racism, including encouraging civic engagement, prioritizing safety and law enforcement reform and fueling education and economic opportunities for Black Americans. Our goal is to create a deep sense of safety and security for all by advancing more equitable, community-centric policing that reduces the demands we place on law enforcement in non-emergency situations in our stores and is grounded in innovative law enforcement reform best practices.

Our Progress

  • With our longstanding, non-partisan partner, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, we’re funding a grant program focused on dismantling systemic racism and advancing policing reform.
  • We’ve also joined several other companies in support of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s (CBCF) National Racial Equity Initiative (NREI) that will focus on removing inequities in areas like education, economic opportunity and law enforcement.
  • And, we have spurred a variety of non-partisan voting efforts throughout the 2020 election that encouraged fair, accessible and safe voting.

our ongoing commitments


company-wide D&I commitments

Target has a longstanding commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion – they’re part of our core values, shape our culture and drive our business. We’ve had a diversity and inclusion strategy for more than 15 years that’s allowed Target to recruit and retain more diverse team members, offer more products from diverse suppliers, direct our philanthropic spending to communities of color and more. We’re incredibly proud that our work over the past two years has put us on the path to achieve almost all our diversity and inclusion goals.

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