NEW YORK (AP/WCCO) â Target will spend a total of more than $2 billion at Black-owned businesses by 2025 as part of its effort to advance racial equity.
That’s a significant increase in overall spending on Black-owned businesses, according to Target, though it declined be more specific Wednesday.READ MORE: 3 Teens Arrested In Connection To Drive-By Shootings In Northern Minnesota
The Minneapolis retailer will add a broad spectrum of products from more than 500 Black-owned businesses and will increase its spending at more Black-owned companies, from marketing to construction.
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It will also introduce new resources, like a dedicated team to help Black-owned suppliers scale their businesses to work with mass chains. The Forward Founders program builds off Target’s accelerator program that helps entrepreneurs.
Target and other corporations are expanding ties with Black-owned suppliers, rethinking marketing and embracing other initiatives in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd last summer that led to protests nationwide against policy brutality and racial inequity.READ MORE: Sen. Tina Smith Cosponsors Bill That Aims To Expand SCOTUS, Abolish Filibuster: ’Doing Nothing Is Not An Option’
The trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin, charged with second-degree murder and third-degree murder in Floydâs death, is underway in Minneapolis.
âWe have a rich history of working with diverse businesses, but there’s more we can do to spark change across the retail industry, support the Black community and ensure Black guests feel welcomed and represented when they shop at Target,” said Christina Hennington, executive vice president and chief growth officer in a prepared statement. âThe bold actions weâre announcing today reflect Targetâs ongoing commitment to advance racial equity for the Black community. They also represent significant economic opportunity for hundreds of new Black-owned companies, who we look forward to doing business with for years to come.â
Target says the investment builds on the company’s prior commitment of increasing representation of Black team members by 20% over the next three years.MORE NEWS: Minneapolis Teachers To Picket Thursday, Call For More Support Amid Pandemic
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