Since 2005, we have conducted over 110 training sessions for buying agents, vendors and factory management in 10 countries to educate them on our Vendor Code of Conduct and our expectations with respect to our social compliance program, particularly local labor laws and ethical business practices. TJX Associates involved in the development and buying of our merchandise are also trained on our social compliance program on a biennial basis.
Our social compliance program is global, and attention to ethical sourcing spans across many departments. We have a global Social Compliance Committee that guides corporate management in strategy and execution of the program, with our international buying offices and merchants all playing a key role in achieving our goals.
We have retained UL LLC (UL), Intertek Group PLC (Intertek) and Omega Compliance (Omega), organizations that have extensive experience and knowledge in the field of ethical sourcing, to assist us with program development, education and training, and compliance monitoring.