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Target’s Pledge to Boost Its Black Workforce Fell Short in 2020

  • Retailer’s Black employees decline by 0.7 percentage points
  • Company reiterates 2023 goal but still trails behind Walmart
A Target store in South Bend, Indiana.
Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Target Corp. suffered a slight decline in its share of Black workers over the past year, complicating its goal to boost minority representation.

The proportion of Target employees who identify as Black or African-American declined by 0.7 percentage point between 2019 and 2020, a spokeswoman said by phone. The decline wasn’t large enough to register in the company’s new diversity report, which showed Black employees making up 15% of Target’s 350,000-person workforce, the same amount as in 2019. The share of Black managers or senior leaders also was unchanged, while the percentage of Black officers -- vice presidents and above -- increased to 9% from 5%.