Target has become a founding member of OneTen, a coalition of 37 companies that aim to train, hire and advance 1 million Black Americans who lack a four-year college degree. The organization’s 10-year goal will be to move them into family-sustaining jobs with opportunities for advancement. Target also plans to make a financial contribution to OneTen and create sustainable new jobs internally over the next three to four years.
OneTen’s mission is to bring together the professional expertise of major employers, non-profits and skill-credentialing organizations to create more flexible talent pipelines, reduce exclusionary hiring practices and identify new talent resources to ensure adequate and equitable career pathways for advancement. This is in line with the strategy and goals Target announced through its Racial Equity Action and Change (REACH) committee in June 2020.
“At Target, we believe that diverse and inclusive teams are the most successful,” said Brian Cornell, CEO and Chairman of Target in a statement. “We’ve had ambitious diversity and inclusion goals for many years, which help us recruit diverse talent and create an equitable experience for the hundreds of thousands of team members who work for Target. We also committed this fall to increase our representation of Black team members by 20% over the next three years. Our work as a founding member of OneTen will support that commitment by creating opportunities across our company that don’t require a college degree to build a career at Target.”
Other retail founding members of OneTen include Lowe’s, Nike, Nordstrom, Verizon and Walmart.