It’s Tuesday 19th February and a group of female leaders at Newport’s Target Group gather in the board room for the launch of the intriguing “Women in Target” programme. They are joined by peers across Target’s other locations around the UK, including Chester, Poulton and Cardiff via Skype. There’s an air of intrigue and excitement as the aim of the programme is revealed, “To provide support to women in Target who have a desire to improve their skills and confidence and would like to progress in their role and career”.
What follows is an interactive and engaging session for over 40 of Target’s women leaders, discussing the future shape of the programme, building on the great work that Target has done over recent years in improving gender parity and women in senior positions. The fruitful discussions on how we could help build confidence and skills through mentoring, peer-support and training are being taken forward to the next Steering Committee who will debate and decide on the programme’s next steps.
With International Women’s Day coming up in March, the room took to focusing on how Target can celebrate the success of women and the room flowed with ideas. You will have to keep a close eye on our LinkedIn and Twitter pages for how these ideas were turned into action!
The Women in Target programme is just a part of Target Group’s plans to diminish the gender pay gap in the company, and ensure equal opportunities for both female and male employees. The programme is part of Target’s commitment to the “Women in Finance Charter”, an HM Treasury initiative which Target signed up to in late 2018.
As a signatory of the Charter, Target has pledged to promote gender diversity by:
- Appointing Rhiannon Williams, Group HR Director, as the member of the senior executive team responsible and accountable for gender diversity and inclusion
- Setting internal targets for gender diversity in senior management
- Publishing progress annually against these targets in reports on the Target website