Target’s their team. They want everyone to feel welcomed

    Target’s focus is to fulfill the needs and fuel the potential of their guests. Target’s guests are their number one focus, where they keep them in mind with every choice that they make. When they let their motivation and convictions drive the choices that they make, it fortifies their team, benefits their guests, builds belonging to the communities and drives value to their shareholders. When Target is in their decision-making process, they take into consideration to make decisions that will enhance their guests’ trust. While reading Target’s Business Conduct Guide, they outline expectations of conduct for all team members where they focus on integrity and ethical standards. These expectations and guidelines apply to board members to their newest team member. Target has a strong commitment to compliance where they promote a culture of smart risk-taking and ethical conduct. Target finds its teams to be better when diversity and inclusivity are a part of their team. They want everyone to feel welcomed when working for their company and want every employee to be able to be their authentic self. When these two factors are put into play, an employee can create value and drive growth within the company. When it comes to discrimination and sexual harassment, Target does not tolerate it. They do not tolerate it in hiring, training, advancement, compensation, discipline or termination. Target expects all team members to treat each other with fairness and respect.  When it comes to their team members and guests, maintaining a safe workplace is extremely important. Once team members are hired, they must attend safety programs to reduce or eliminate workplace hazards. Every single team member is responsible for following the safety programs so they can protect themselves and others. Not only does safety refer to workplace safety, but it also refers to team members’ behavior at work. Target’s work environment is drug, alcohol and drug free. Every team member is encouraged to make responsible choices that comply with Target’s policies.The first ethical model that came to mind while reading the Business Conduct Guide was the shareholder model. When it comes to Target making decisions, they want to maintain their shareholders’ trust. They have a responsibility to provide shareholders with a fair, but honest picture of how they are doing as a company. I find it to be important that every company takes into consideration their shareholders when making decisions. Whether the decision is major or minor, the trust and thought of a shareholder is a key factor to consider. All shareholders are equally important to a company when it comes to making decisions. A company needs to realize that the primary shareholder should not always receive the greatest weight when it comes to determining a strategic approach or making decisions. Companies want to create a “win-win situation” that will achieve the goals of all three stakeholders.The second ethical model that I came across was the utilitarian approach. After reading through the Business Conduct Guide and highlighting key points, I find that Target wants to create the best outcome for their team members, guests, communities and shareholders. When it comes to their team members, they want to create a safe workplace. Target has their team members watch safety videos, which will allow for the team member to feel prepared and safe when they are working. Target’s number one priority are their guests, and they focus on fulfilling their needs. When it comes to the best possible outcome, they created a guest privacy policy. Guests trust Target with their personal information, and Target does what they can to keep that trust. When it comes to guests’ personal information, the information is handled with care.The third ethical model that I came across was the rights approach. The rights approach focuses on everyone having a worth and dignity that must be respected. Target focuses on the rights that their team members, guests, communities and stakeholders have with the company. Target expects all team members to treat each other with fairness and respect. Every single individual has a worth and dignity that is unique. Target encourages for their team members to act like their unique selves while working for their company. Bringing uniqueness into a workplace allows room for creativity. One value that Target has is protecting the environment. For Target, it has always been an important interest for them to preserve the environment and human health. According to the Business Conduct Guide, “Target’s environmental record is as important to guests and communities as it is to us as team members”. They take action by disposing hazardous items and handling chemicals properly to protect the environment. They also try to recycle and reuse materials when it’s beneficial for themselves and the community. The environment plays a huge role when it comes to a company’s ethics report. Shareholders and consumers want to see what the company is doing to make the environment a healthier place. Two social norms that Target has is a zero-tolerance discrimination and sexual harassment policies. They do not tolerate it in hiring, training, advancement, compensation, discipline or termination. Target expects all team members to treat each other with fairness and respect. Discrimination and sexual harassment are two major misconducts that happen in the workplace. Today, several sexual harassment encounters that happened within a workplace are taken to court. This shows that if the encounter happened a week ago or even ten plus years ago, an employee could still be terminated and fined for what they did. The outside source that I found was an article titled, “World’s Most Ethical Retail Chains”. There is an annual report from the Ethisphere Institute, where select companies are added to the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” list. The committee used attorneys, professors, government officials and organizational leaders when deciding on who qualifies for the list. According to the article, “When it comes to measuring a company’s ethics, it should be measured in seven categories; corporate citizenship and responsibility, corporate governance, innovation that contributes to the public well-being, industry leadership, executive leadership and tone from the top, legal, regulatory and reputation track record and internal systems and ethics/compliance program” (Farfan, 2017). Target outlines expectations of conduct for all team members where they focus on integrity and ethical standards. These expectations and guidelines apply to board members to their newest team member. Target has a strong code of conduct where they value their team members, guests, communities and shareholders. Every single person that falls in one of these four categories plays an important role with Target when it comes to decision making. When I read the article about Target making the “World’s Most Ethical Companies”, I was not surprised. Their conduct guide meets each of the seven measurements that the committee put together. Overall, I was impressed with Target’s Business Conduct Guide. They value their guests, team members, communities and shareholders, and I find that to be an important aspect when it comes to creating a company.