In 2001, our focus continued to be the support of charitable
causes that center around children and families in the communities
in which we live. To that end, The TJX Foundation, along with
our divisions, supported over 730 non-profit organizations
worldwide. Some of the programs that received divisional support
were the T.J. Maxx-sponsored Save the Children and Zink the
Zebra Foundation, the Marshalls-sponsored Family Violence
Prevention Fund, the Winners-sponsored The Sunshine Foundation,
the HomeGoods-sponsored Jimmy Fund, the T.K. Maxx-sponsored
NCH, one of the United Kingdoms leading childrens
charities and the A.J. Wright-sponsored Boys and Girls Clubs
We continued to support the American Red
Cross disaster relief efforts, including aid to families of
the victims of the World Trade Center tragedy, and participated
in several blood drives. We also supported the Massachusetts
food pantry and oil heat fund.
Our work in the community goes far beyond
monetary donations. The goodwill that we generate cannot be
measured in dollars and cents. TJX associates donate their
time and energy for many great causes throughout the year.
For example, our associates participate in the annual Walk
for the Cure to raise awareness and funding for the Juvenile
Diabetes Foundation. We are also a major supporter of the
Jimmy Fund Walk-A-Thon. We estimate that over 10,000 associates
across all TJX divisions take part in company-sponsored events
TJX continues to be a major contributor
and trailblazer in the innovative Welfare-to-Work program.
Since the beginning of our participation in 1997, we have
hired over 26,000 individuals from the welfare system. We
believe that, as an upstanding corporate citizen, we have
an obligation to help people move from the welfare rolls into
private sector jobs where they can be productive and independent.
We also champion cultural diversity through our hiring programs,
our community outreach programs and our vendor relationships
that cultivate minority and women-owned suppliers.
We believe that through involvement with
our communities, we develop a better understanding of the
needs of our customers, our associates and all those who surround
us. By responding to those needs, we become stronger as individuals
and, therefore, as a Company.