As part of its longstanding commitment to creating a culture that is diverse, equitable and inclusive, Target released a detailed racial and gender breakdown of its team across all levels of the organization. Along with issuing the report, Target also announced plans to increase representation of Black team members across the Company by 20 percent over the next three years by sharpening its focus on advancement, retention and hiring.
“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. “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.”
Target’s Diverse Team
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 guests: more than half of its stores are run by female leaders and a third are managed by leaders of color.
Making Systemic Changes to Increase Representation, Retention and Advancement of Black Team Members
In addition to issuing its Workforce Diversity Report, Target announced plans to increase its representation of Black team members across the Company by 20 percent over the next three years. The Company has had diversity and inclusion goals for many years to drive equity for all team members, and results show that more work is needed to increase representation and advancement opportunities and reduce turnover with Black team members. To do this, the Company is making a number of systemic changes, including:
- Leveraging its Stores, Supply Chain and HQ experiences to provide broader leadership pathways for Black team members to develop and advance;
- Developing programs to hire and retain Black team members in career areas with low levels of representation, including technology, data sciences, merchandising and marketing;
- Increasing Target’s network of mentors and sponsors to help Black team members accelerate and advance their careers;
- Ensuring Target’s benefits and partnerships drive wellness and safety for Black team members;
- Conducting anti-racist trainings for leaders and team members that educate, build inclusion acumen, and foster a sense of belonging
“The changes we’re making are going to have a meaningful impact on the careers of our Black team members and prospective team members,” said Kiera Fernandez, Vice President, Human Resources and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer. “A diverse and inclusive team at Target is one where there’s equity in how we promote, retain and hire team members. Additional leadership development, training programs and mentorship for our Black team members, along with a focus in areas of the business where our Black representation is not as strong, will offer new career development opportunities for our team for years to come. And we know the support we have for our team helps extend our reach outside our walls, creating a ripple effect that impacts our guests and communities.”
In addition, Target has established REACH—their Racial Equity Action and Change committee—to create an action plan to guide our way. The six founding members are senior leaders from across Target with diverse perspectives and expertise across the business. The founding members are Laysha Ward, EVP & Chief External Engagement Officer; Christina Hennington, EVP, Chief Merchandising Officer, Hardlines, Essentials and Capabilities; Djouma Barry, VP Process Operations, Store Operations; Kiera Fernandez,VP, Human Resources and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer; Amanda Nusz,VP, Corporate Responsibility and President of the Target Foundation and Carlos Saavedra, VP, Marketing.