In 2020, Target formally acknowledged Juneteenth — the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States — as an official annual company holiday. Target took this step as part of our commitment to advancing racial equity and social justice, giving our team space to celebrate and honor the day in their own way.
In 2021, Target is doing the same by providing team members with the opportunity to observe the day however they prefer, through education, service or celebration.
Juneteenth will remain an annual company holiday moving forward.
Additional Progress from Target’s Racial Equity Action and Change (REACH) Committee
Inclusivity is a core value at Target and we’re proud of our work to be an open and welcoming company. We established REACH to accelerate our ongoing diversity, equity and inclusion strategy, with a unique focus on advancing racial equity for our Black team members and guests. Recognizing Juneteenth as an annual holiday was one of our first actions as a REACH team.
REACH has made significant progress, including a commitment to increase the representation of Black team members by 20% over the next three years, a commitment to spend more than $2 billion with Black-owned businesses by the end of 2025, the establishment of Forward Founders to help Black entrepreneurs grow and scale their businesses and the launch of the Target Scholars program to support students at more than a dozen Historically Black Colleges and Universities with scholarships.
For more information on REACH and its work, visit our racial equity action and change page.