In our global headquarters, we have six active Associate Resource Groups organized for networking, development and support. These groups provide new and long-time Associates with a comfortable venue in which to meet people as well as encourage networking and career development. Our Associate Resource Groups sponsor educational, volunteer and social events and are open to anyone in the Company.
While informal and fun, these groups are also well organized with a dedicated focus on a business objective. 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. In addition, our Associate Resource Groups are provided an annual operating budget, a liaison from Human Resources and an executive sponsor.
Our Associate Resource Groups include: The Multicultural Coalition (MCC); Women Adding Value Everyday (WAVE and WAVE LP); a Resource Group for Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgendered People and Friends (PRIDE); Supporting TJX Armed Forces Relations (STAR); and Leadership, Education and Adaptation for Disabilities (LEAD).
Here is just a sample of the programs hosted by our Associate Resource Groups in 2015:
We are proud to have been recognized for our support of our Associates. TJX scored 100 on the 2016 Corporate Equality Index of the U.S.-based Human Rights Campaign for the third consecutive year. In 2014 and 2015, we were recognized as a top employer by organizations like Black EOE Journal, Hispanic Network Magazine and Professional Woman’s Magazine for our work in incorporating diversity into our business practices. Over the past two years, we were also 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.