Since 2005, we have conducted 125 training sessions for our buying agents, vendors and factory management. Sessions have been held in China, Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and the United States.
These training sessions were conducted by either UL or Intertek representatives, who were accompanied by our Assistant Vice President (AVP), Global Social Compliance. We believe that the presence of our management at each of these sessions in each of these countries demonstrates to factory management, buying agent management and vendors that TJX is committed to our social compliance program. Over time, our training sessions have included the following topics:
Designated representatives at our international buying offices also provide instruction to our suppliers on our ethical sourcing expectations. We will continue to devote resources to these important training initiatives and to review and update these initiatives as appropriate.
TJX Associates involved in the development and buying of merchandise undergo formal social compliance training biennially. In addition, through informal meetings and discussions, our AVP, Global Social Compliance, continues to update our buying personnel on the requirements of TJX's social compliance program.