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Target Announces Plan to Boost Black Employee Count by 20%

  • Retail chain also plans programs to retain Black workers
  • Companies have pledged greater diversity amid protests
    
Photographer: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg

Target Corp. plans to increase the number of Black staffers by 20% over the next three years, responding to years of under-representation at the retailer whose Minneapolis headquarters lies a short drive from the spot where police killed George Floyd.

The cheap-chic retailer currently has 56,412 Black or African-American employees, who comprise just 15% of its workforce, according to a racial and gender breakdown released by the company Thursday that’s more detailed than its previous disclosures. Target is also putting new programs in place to retain those employees once they’re hired.