Target has removed certain books from its shelves due to certain personal beliefs. Target has openly supported ideological legislation such as the Equality Act, and it funds the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). Target does not have viewpoint protections for its employees. For these reasons, Target receives a "High Risk" rating.
Has denied service to customers, suppliers, or vendors due to their political views or religious beliefs OR corporately boycotts, divests, or sanctions regions, people groups, or industries.
Target pulled two books off its shelves that upset one Twitter user because of their LGBTQ commentary (1). Target also abruptly quit selling Matt Walsh’s previously best-selling children’s book (2). Additionally, Target received a score of 100 on the Corporate Equality Index from the HRC. Among other requirements, this means the company has pledged to vet vendors based on LGBTQ policies (3).
Charitable giving (including employee matching programs) policies or practices discriminate against charitable organizations based on views or religious beliefs.
Target does not have an employee matching program, but it donates to a wide variety of different causes corporately. These organizations cannot be “religious organizations for religious purposes,” but it is unclear if Target is excluding religious organizations entirely (1).
Employment policies fail to protect against discrimination based on political affiliation/views and/or religion.
Uses corporate reputation to support ideological causes and/or organizations hostile to freedom of expression.
Target advocated against the Georgia voting integrity bill (1). Target has supported the Equality Act, transgender participation in girls’ sports, and led the fight on transgender restrooms until a boycott caused them to install private stalls (2)(3). Target opposed the Florida Parental Rights in Education Act, which prohibits teaching gender identity and sexual orientation in schools to kids in K-3rd grade (4).
Uses corporate funds to advance ideological causes, organizations, or policies hostile to freedom of expression.
Target donates to the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network and is a Platinum Sponsor of the HRC (1) (2). It has also donated to the National Urban League (3). Target funds employee expenses related to abortion, including travel out of state (4). Target also funded the Boise Pride event, which featured drag shows with children as young as 11 years old included (5).
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December 31, 2022
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