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Internal Representation & Support
To evaluate this pillar, we take into consideration a range of factors, including but not limited to:
- Employee representation
- Diversity, equity, & inclusion (DEI)
We weigh a company’s degree of public commitment primarily on their monetary contributions to DEI matters or organizations fighting racial injustice.
Forms of monetary support we look for:
Employee donation matching
Target has taken considerable steps to amplify Black voices and promote Black-owned brands. They recognized Juneteenth as holiday (allowing workers to receive time and a half) and provided aid to community members affected by damages from protests, including paying employees for 14 days while damaged stores underwent repairs. In addition to adding an icon to identify Black-owned brands on their website, Target hosted an HBCU design challenge as well as a podcast called "Go Off, Sis" in partnership with Refinery29, which strives to amplify voices of Black women.
Target's donation totals were extremely low. There have also been allegations of racism within stores, such as one instance in which a Black autistic 13-year-old hugged a Target employee and subsequently had the police called on him.
We scour the company’s website and official social media channels to determine what message they are sending around racial injustice, how they are communicating it, and whether their communications are perceived as genuine or performative.
Public statement: We verify that companies have made a formal statement regarding racial injustice.
Social media: We consider how a company uses their platform(s) beyond performative allyship.
Representation: For companies that have the opportunity to showcase diversity in their feed, we consider whether they have adequate Black representation and BIPOC representation across their models.
I. Internal Representation & Support:
Board of Directors:
> 15% Black, 31% - 35% BIPOC, 21% - 25% Women
8% - 9% Black, 21% - 25% BIPOC, 41% - 45% Women
14% - 15% Black, > 40% BIPOC, > 50% Women
An appointed DEI senior leader and/or a dedicated DEI organization, A Black employee resource group