Diversity and Inclusion at Target Group

Hi, I’m Matt. I started working at Target 2 years ago as the HR Business Partner for our Servicing operation. Over the past few months I’ve been working with people across the business to launch our new Diversity and Inclusion strategy, something which is very close to my heart, and that I’ve been championing over recent months.

To support our D & I Strategy, we launched a fantastic committee of Target employees at the beginning of 2019, all of whom have a particular interest in helping Target become a truly diverse and inclusive company. The committee has already started on some exciting initiatives, helping the strategy to become a reality.

To help us understand the make-up of our workforce and assess the diversity of the people who work at Target, we’ve undertaken an audit. 65% of employees have now anonymously told us their ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender and religious belief. This will enable us to measure the strategy’s success and make plans for the future.

Launching the Diversity & Inclusion Strategy at Target is really important to me. Coming out as gay at 16 to my friends and family, and being from Merthyr Tydfil, it literally felt like I was “the only gay in the village” for quite a while. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do in my life.

I’m proud to be able to work on the people strategy helping decide where we want to be as a business in a few years, and supporting in how we get there.