A Day to Celebrate, Reflect and Connect: Target Honors Juneteenth as a Company Holiday
A Bullseye View | June 15, 2020
Target announces their recognition of Juneteenth as an official annual company holiday. Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Target announces this in order to give their team space to honor Juneteenth in their own way.
While all stores and distribution centers will remain open, hourly team members who work on June 19 will be paid time and a half. All eligible Target team members have the option to take the day off with full pay. Headquarters offices will be closed in observance.
“We recognize that the racial trauma the country is experiencing now is not new, but throughout recent weeks there has been a sense that this time is, and has to be, different,” says Brian Cornell, chairman and CEO, Target. “Juneteenth takes on additional significance in this moment. Moving now to recognize it on an annual basis—as a day to celebrate, further educate ourselves or connect with our communities—is one more important action Target can take as a company to help the country live up to the ideal of moving forward in a new way.”