Black Team Members & Guests

At Target, we’re committed to standing with our Black team members and guests, their families and communities to create lasting change around racial equity and social justice. Through this effort, Target is working with leaders and industry partners to take bold, intentional and transparent actions toward being a company that helps drive social justice and end systemic racism.  

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Black History Month 

Each Black History Month, voices from across Target come together to help guests and team members celebrate. Throughout the month, our team’s work — including an exclusive product assortment, marketing campaign and team member events — is a reflection of the inclusive experience we strive to create at Target. Target’s exclusive Black History Month collection features apparel, accessories and more, made by and for the Black community. In addition to the Black History Month collection, Target also created Black Beyond Measure, our platform focused on celebrating Black life every day of the year as part of our ongoing commitment to support and uplift the Black community.

 

African American Business Council

One of seven Diversity and Inclusion Business Councils at Target, the African American Business Council (AABC) supports career development and creates awareness and advocacy to enrich our team’s inclusive culture. With more than 2,600 members, the AABC’s mission is to elevate the development of Black team members, foster moments of celebration, build a better Target and inspire joy. Members often share insights with our planning teams that help our business, and the group plans events and activities throughout the year to support the team and engage with the community.  

Historically Black Colleges & Universities

From their focus on serving first-generation students to their important work helping bridge the academic achievement gap, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) play a critical role in supporting and developing Black talent. As Target continues our work toward creating joy for all, we believe partnering with HBCUs is essential to ensuring Black guests see themselves represented in our products, stores and teams. And for our Black team members, these partnerships provide opportunities to create meaningful careers by building their networks and resumes. 

Racial Equity Action and Change Committee

Inclusivity is a core value at Target and we’re proud of our work to be an open and welcoming company. In 2020, we formed the Racial Equity Action and Change (REACH) Committee to accelerate Target’s diversity and inclusion strategy for Black team members and guests. Since then, Target released our 2019 Workforce Diversity Report and pledged to increase representation of Black team members by 20% over the next three years, committed to spending more than $2 billion with Black-owned businesses, launched the Target Scholars program to support students at more than a dozen Historically Black Colleges and Universities with scholarships, and more. 

Supplier Diversity

Target’s proud to work with an ever-growing roster of diverse suppliers, and each partner, in their own way, helps us champion inclusion within our assortment and far beyond. Target partners with the U.S. Black Chamber of Commerce to further our initiatives and help us develop relationships with Black suppliers. We spent almost $1.5 billion with diverse suppliers in 2020 and are on track to meet our goal of spending more than $2 billion with Black-owned businesses by the end of 2025. And we’re always looking for what’s new and next on the horizon, hosting programs like Forward Founders and events like our Black-Owned Business Vendor Fair to explore potential partnerships with diverse entrepreneurs and businesses.

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Fact Sheet: Target’s Giving to Support Social Justice

In 2020, Target and the Target Foundation committed $10 million and ongoing resources to advance racial equity and social justice, and support rebuilding and recovery efforts in our local communities. The investment supports long-standing partners such as the National Urban League and the African American Leadership Forum, and will support new partners in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area and across the country. Our commitment is rooted in listening to, learning from and collaborating with the communities these efforts serve.

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REACH will focus specifically on how we can drive lasting impact for our Black team members and guests. To determine where to focus, we’ve spent time with many of you, spoken with our guests, reviewed research and tapped into our partners to align around four areas of focus: Team, Guests, Communities and Civic Engagement and Public Policy.

Target CEO Brian Cornell and the REACH Committee