Our vision is to continue to grow TJX as a global, off-price retailer, and we recognize that to achieve this vision, we must remain grounded in the same principles on which our Company was founded - operating with the highest levels of integrity, ethics and fairness. We rely on the talent and efforts of our approximately 216,000 Associates to help us live these principles every day to help ensure the continued success of our Company.
We have practiced excellence in corporate governance since our founding nearly 40 years ago. As part of our governance practices, we have a suite of corporate governance material that outlines the standards to which we hold ourselves accountable. Our governance documents also guide us in our approach to business dealings and decisions and interactions with each other, and we are committed to high standards of ethics.
In 2016, we were pleased to be ranked in the #1 position within the specialty retailer category on Fortune's Most Admired Companies list. This list recognizes the Company's efforts in areas of importance to stakeholders: quality of products and services, financial soundness, long-term investment, social responsibility and more