Diversity, equity and inclusion

Retailers

Target Commits to Spend $2B With Black-Owned Businesses

"There’s more we can do to spark change across the retail industry," Target EVP and Chief Growth Officer Christina Hennington says.

Retailers

Meijer’s D&I Efforts Continue With $1M Urban League Donation

The retailer invests in 19 Urban League chapters across the Midwest, applauding the organization’s “commitment to provide economic empowerment, educational opportunities and the guarantee of civil rights.”

The retailer has “positively changed people’s minds and their hearts” through important conservations around diversity, equity and inclusion, said SVP and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Jonathan Mayes during WMU's annual Food Marketing Conference.

"I see it as my responsibility as a decision-maker to cater to the needs that I can see and amplify products from diverse suppliers that can fill those unique gaps for our customers," Freeman says.

After a successful inaugural event, the retailer will host a second Supplier Diversity Summit aimed at bringing more diverse-owned brands to it shelves.

Black workers account for only 7% of private-sector managers, the McKinsey & Co. report notes, and nearly three-quarters of Black retail workers make less than $30,000 a year.

Kroger, Meijer and Walmart among the 767 companies to receive a 100% rating and the designation of being a 2021 “Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality.”

For Walmart, building supplier diversity means helping smaller suppliers scale up. To bring Weathered Souls' Black Is Beautiful stout to store shelves, that included enlisting the help of eight other craft breweries.

An industry sets ambitious goals for diversity, equity and inclusion.

The senior director of diversity, equity and inclusion shares eight steps for going beyond check-the-box programs and truly committing to change.

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