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TJX is an Employer of Choice for an increasingly diverse and international talent base. In the past few years, we have welcomed an unprecedented number of new Associates from all parts of the globe and from different walks of life and experience. As we grow, the Company has been working on a number of different fronts to leverage the infusion of new Associates as well as our existing talent across the organization.
Learning and Training Related to Differences and Diversity
At TJX, we believe that learning related to leveraging differences, diversity, equality and inclusion should be tailored to the Associate's role and business context. Respect and fairness are core values throughout the Company and our commitment to leveraging differences is universal. Diversity-related learning varies among the countries in which we operate, and is crafted to address the environment an Associate most often encounters. Here are just a few of the course offerings and global tools we provide:
Strengthening Management Skills: In the U.S., the Company has introduced new management learning modules about "Managing the Multigenerational Workforce" and "Equitable Management," targeted to our Associates at Home Office and Store Operations. In Canada, we offer management-level programs, such as "Leveraging Differences with a Winning Balance," to build equitable leadership skills.
New Associates at our Home Office attend a course entitled "Understanding Our Business," which teaches aspects of off-price retailing, Company culture and values, and TJX's commitment to leveraging differences. The course also addresses working well with peers who are different from oneself.
Associate Resource Groups
In the U.S., we have five chartered Associate Resource Groups. These are groups offering Associates networking and career development support, business information and education, and offering the Company ideas and solutions to help us achieve our goals as an Employer, Retailer and Neighbor of Choice. Each Associate Resource Group develops an annual business plan describing how it will support our business, and each group has a voice in Community Relations initiatives. Groups are invited to expand beyond Home Office and two groups have done so. In addition, our Associate Resource Groups are provided an annual operating budget, a liaison from Human Resources and an executive sponsor.
The TJX Associate Resource Groups are The Multicultural Coalition (MCC), Women Adding Value Everyday (WAVE), a Resource Group for Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals, Transgendered People and Friends (PRIDE), Supporting TJX Armed Forces Relations (STAR), and our newest group, Leadership, Education, and Adaptation for Disabilities (LEAD).
STAR was formed as a result of our Company’s and Associates’ commitment and support for our military and military families. As a Company, we are proud to celebrate the fifth anniversary of our signing of the 5-Star Statement of Support for the U.S. National Guard and Reserve. In 2011, TJX participated in the National Guard’s Diversity Conference in Boston, Massachusetts.
We are equally proud to have been recognized for our support of our disabled Associates. For two years, TJX has been ranked as a “Top 50 Employer” by CAREERS and the disABLED magazine, where readers select companies they believe provide a positive work environment for people with disabilities.
Benefits and Nondiscrimination Policy
As an Employer of Choice, we have broadly extended our benefits offerings, granting same-sex domestic partner benefits to Associates. In 2008, we added "gender identity and expression" to the Company nondiscrimination policy and adopted as policy "gender transition guidelines." In 2011, TJX added transgender-inclusive benefits.
For the past four years, TJX has scored 100 on the Corporate Equality Index of the Human Rights Campaign and earned the highest ranking in the Human Rights Campaign “Buying for Workplace Equality” guide.
Employer of Choice Communication
As an Employer of Choice, communicating to our Associates is important to us. At the corporate level and at all of our divisions, we have many different ways to communicate and engage our Associates, including TJX Today (a publication for all Associates worldwide), employee newsletters, CEO updates, virtual and live Town Hall Meetings, our Company intranet websites and State of the Company meetings. At TJX, we strive to communicate frequently with our Associates and encourage open and honest dialogue among Associates.
TJX proactively communicates to our customers about our Company of Choice program through the placement of advertisements and advertorials in these and other publications: Spirit magazine, Color Magazine, CAREERS and the disABLED magazine, and diversity supplements in The Boston Globe.
TJX is a participating member of several business networks related to diversity including Diversity Best Practices (globally), and, in Massachusetts, The Commonwealth Compact and The Partnership Executive Council. In addition, on behalf of TJX, our Global Diversity and Inclusion group has sponsored and supported the Boston Chapter of the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA) and community events, such as Simmons College Center for Gender in Organizations' Distinguished Scholar Speaker Series, The Black Retail Action Group’s Annual Scholarship Dinner, and The Hispanic Scholarship Fund.