Our Executive Environmental Steering Committee has responsibility for guiding the development of TJX’s environmental sustainability strategy and aligning it with the overall business strategy. The Committee provides guidance, advocacy, support and oversight for global environmental initiatives, including guidance in managing the risks and opportunities associated with climate change and reviewing progress against our global greenhouse gas target.
The group includes senior leadership from Environmental Sustainability, Logistics, Global Communications, Store Operations, Compliance, Enterprise Risk Management, Internal Audit, Property Development, Global Sourcing and Procurement, and Legal.
In addition to our Executive Environmental Steering Committee’s efforts, environmental sustainability practitioners throughout TJX come together regularly as a Global Environmental Sustainability Committee to explore environmental issues that impact our Company globally and to facilitate increased collaboration across our geographies. Focus areas include energy, operations, waste management and regulatory compliance. This committee seeks to understand the environmental impacts of TJX’s business operations and provide guidance on how to best conserve resources, minimize waste and use energy efficiently while also supporting our growing and expanding businesses. Members of the committee help shape the high-level environmental sustainability priorities for the business, which can also influence the strategies of regional operational teams. For example, in 2015, we developed a database of environmental data and metrics that allowed each region to track progress against our global greenhouse gas reduction target.
Even as we strive for more global collaboration, as a multi-national company, our business units in the U.S., Canada and Europe have historically pursued environmental initiatives based on strategies and goals most relevant to their geographies. We believe it is important to preserve this regional focus so as to address business and regulatory demands that vary by geography. For this reason, we have established teams of experts in each of our geographies who are responsible for managing our “green” initiatives.
We explore our progress in these geographic areas throughout the Environmental Sustainability section.