Target CEO Brian Cornell has defended
his company's policy of allowing transgender people to use the
bathroom of their choice.
Target reiterated its policy in
response to a North Carolina law approved by state Republican leaders
that limits the bathroom choices of transgender people in government
buildings, including schools.
The Christian conservative group
American Family Association (AFA), which claims that such policies
can be abused by sexual predators, said that more than 1 million
people have signed a pledge to boycott the retail giant over the
Appearing on CNBC's Squawk Box,
Cornell said that the company would stick with its policy.
“We took a stance,” he
said. “We're going to continue to embrace our belief in
diversity and inclusion, [that's] just how important that is to our
company. But we're also going to make sure our focus on safety is
Cornell said that more than 1,400 of
the company's 1,800 stores already have family restrooms and he
promised to increase that number in the future.