Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel Needs To Decide Which Target He Wants To Lead

In a letter released today, Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel claimed Target does not have "a political or social agenda."

Steinhafel's attempt to deny Target's history of support for progressive social policy is as distressing as his attempt to deny Target's major political contributions to Emmer-supporting MN Forward. Target has a long and commendable history of supporting GLBT rights both within the company as well as in our communities. That's what makes their support for Tom Emmer so jarring. The fact that Steinhafel refuses to acknowledge Target's past or present political and social agenda shows just how unwilling Target is to come to terms with the conflict between its progressive public image and conservative behind the scenes political dealings.

Gregg Steinhafel needs to decide which Target he wants to lead: the Target that plays an active role in supporting an inclusive, diverse, and respectful community... or the Target that blindly pushes for profit at any cost, no matter how damaging to its employees, customers, and community.

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