Following a groundswell of criticism and a wave of Internet-fueled protest, Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel apologized today to Target employees.
In a message posted on the Target website, Steinhafel wrote:
“The intent of our political contribution to MN Forward was to support economic growth and job creation. While I firmly believe that a business climate conducive to growth is critical to our future, I realize our decision affected many of you in a way I did not anticipate, and for that I am genuinely sorry.”
Steinhafel went on to say the company will review its “decision-making process for financial contributions in the public policy arena. And later this fall, Target will take a leadership role in bringing together a group of companies and partner organizations for a dialogue focused on diversity and inclusion in the workplace, including GLBT issues.’’
Here’s the full text (PDF) of Steinhafel’s letter.