Caring for others is an important part of the culture at TJX. Throughout our 40-year history, we have worked hard to be a good corporate citizen and bring value to people’s lives – not just in our stores, but in our communities where we work to enrich the lives of others. Our corporate giving follows our global philanthropic platform and is focused around four key themes.
One way we support these important social impact areas is through our charitable entities in our different regions: The TJX Foundation in the U.S., The TJX Canada Foundation, and The TJX U.K. Foundation. Our Foundations proudly support a variety of organizations, from the national charitable groups our retail chains partner with, to our local giving, including donations to a local charity with new store openings or grants to Associate-recommended organizations that fit our giving guidelines. Sometimes we are also able to combine Associate volunteerism with our Foundation giving as we believe this makes our philanthropic efforts more meaningful to our Associates and customers and adds value in our local communities.
Our support of families and children includes supporting relief efforts when a disaster hits in our communities. TJX has made significant donations to Red Cross Chapters in various parts of the world, with funding directed to disaster relief to assist individuals and families impacted. We have been a member of the U.S. Red Cross’ Annual Disaster Giving Program for more than 20 years. Through TJX Canada, we have contributed to the Canadian Red Cross for its disaster relief services. The TJX U.K. Foundation has supported the British Red Cross. We believe that our support for these programs aids in the development of a safety net for those affected when disaster strikes and communities need to be rebuilt.
In addition to these ongoing contributions, we sometimes support special relief efforts. For example, in the U.S., we made an additional donation to Save the Children, which was directed to relief efforts for West Virginia flood victims. Our Canadian Associates quickly responded to the Alberta Fire Relief Appeal, established to help the Fort McMurray communities devastated by the wildfires in 2016. Thanks to our generous customers and committed Associates, we raised over $1 million for this effort through an in-store fundraising campaign and corporate donations. Additionally, in response to Storm Desmond, which caused severe flooding in the U.K. in December 2015, the TJX U.K. Foundation provided support to over 500 people affected.
Our Associates worldwide support a variety of organizations. In the U.S., over 34,000 Associates pledge to the United Way in our annual workplace campaign to help provide families and children with opportunities for a better life, resulting in substantial funding to United Way. In the U.K., our Associates donate clothes, accessories and homeware to the “Give Up Clothes for Good” campaign to support Cancer Research U.K. Together, our Associates and customers have donated more than 1,000,000 bags since 2004! In Canada, our Associates marched in Pride parades across the country, with nearly 500 Associates participating in 2016. We are very proud to have Associates around the world who volunteer their time and who are committed to doing good in their communities.
Caring for others is an important part of the culture at TJX.