We know that corporate responsibility, including environmental sustainability, continues to grow in importance for many of our stakeholder groups, including our Associates. At TJX, our Associates are encouraged to consider how to minimize environmental impacts as they make operational decisions, and we communicate this in our Associate Code of Conduct.
While developing our second greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target, we engaged cross-functional subject matter experts to identify and measure emissions impacts to our business. This process required participation from Associates across our Store Operations, Facilities, Procurement, IT, Construction and Energy Management groups and resulted in better understanding of which initiatives could potentially affect future energy use. This process has helped create greater awareness across the Company about how new projects may impact our energy costs and GHG emissions footprint.
In addition, we have global energy teams, global waste management teams and other teams that convene several times a year to share best practices and collaborate on opportunities for efficiency gains and operational cost savings. We plan to continue to foster these global, cross-functional initiatives to better address environmental sustainability risks and create efficiency opportunities for our business.
We use our intranet, The Thread, to communicate with Associates about our environmental sustainability initiatives, whether they are global corporate efforts or more regional success stories. In the U.S., we have hosted events in which local vendors and TJX experts educate Associates on the Company’s environmental sustainability initiatives, as well as what they personally could do to help the environment. We have also engaged with our store leaders to educate them on best practices for energy conservation and waste reduction in an effort to build awareness around our programs and communicate our corporate greenhouse gas target. In Europe, our internal communications channels share environmental achievements regularly.
In Canada, our regional Go Green Committee has a strong commitment and robust strategy around Associate engagement on environmental sustainability. Each year, the team produces events and educational materials that help demonstrate how Associates can incorporate sustainable values into their lives. We are proud to share just a few of our Canadian accomplishments from 2016:
Associates are encouraged to consider how to minimize environmental impacts.