We challenge ourselves every day to improve the ways in which we embrace and leverage differences among our Associates, customers, vendors and members of the communities where we work and live. We are inclusive and committed to cultivating an environment that enables us to continually strengthen our position in the marketplace.
We use the term "Company of Choice" to refer to our Company, and we bring this concept to life in three primary ways:
TJX is the leading off-price retailer of apparel and home fashions in the U.S. and worldwide, delivering great value on ever-changing merchandise selections at prices generally 20%-60% below department and specialty store regular prices, on comparable merchandise, every day. We have a very wide customer demographic reach. It's important that we challenge ourselves to find new and innovative ways to improve the shopping experience so that we may better serve the diverse needs of our customers.
We believe that our continued success depends on the diverse skills, experiences and backgrounds that our Associates bring into the organization. With approximately 216,000 Associates worldwide at the end of 2015, we employ a significant pool of talented Associates from diverse backgrounds. As we continue to grow our store base and expand into new geographies, our efforts to understand, value and incorporate differences are increasingly important to further leverage our Company culture.
As an Employer of Choice, we work on many fronts to:
Our goal is to recruit talented individuals, help them learn the fundamentals of our off-price business and give them opportunities to develop their careers with us.
As a Neighbor of Choice, we are focused on enriching the communities in which our customers and Associates live and work through charitable giving, corporate partnerships, community programs, volunteerism and more. Information on these programs is available in the Communities section of our website.