civic activity

We believe that sharing our expertise and resources with policy makers will lead to better decisions for our communities and our business. Here’s how we join in the conversation.

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focused on a bright future

Since its founding, Target has proudly stood in support of democracy and encouraged our team members and guests to exercise their right to vote. 

This foundation and following principles guide our decisions on when to engage on public policies related to our elections and voting:

  • We believe:
    • Every American should have a voice in our democracy.
    • Voting should be safe and accessible to all.
    • Elections must be fair and transparent.
    • Equal access to voting is required to have a more inclusive society.
  • We call on elected officials to ensure:
    • There are an adequate number of polling places and they are sufficiently staffed
    • All polling places are free of intimidation and violence
    • Changes to voting laws do not disproportionately impact BIPOC communities.

2021 Elections
2020 saw historic voter participation and we want to build on this momentum by encouraging participation in every election. This year we created tailored, nonpartisan voter resources for our team members in select cities where key elections are taking place, where we have a large number of team members who live and work, and where there are large populations of Black voters who have historically faced barriers to access: 

  • Minneapolis 
  • Atlanta 
  • New York City 
  • Birmingham 

 

public policy

We’re a global company, so taking part in legislative and public policy activity helps us stay connected and share our voice on the issues that matter. We work with elected officials from both political parties on policies that will improve our business and communities.

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political engagement

Every year, legislators vote on a broad variety of proposals that affect our guests, team members, shareholders and communities. These issues touch all aspects of our business, like how we run our stores, which products we sell, and even how our teams interact. By supporting candidates who share our philosophies, our voice is stronger in the public policy debates that can determine our success and ability to improve the communities we serve.

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issue advocacy

We play many roles, from retailer and importer to healthcare provider and employer, and we believe in sharing that expertise with policy makers whenever we can. We also take part in discussions at all levels of government through trade associations and policy-based organizations.

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