For many of our programs, Associates contribute to our outreach efforts through donations or volunteering.
In the U.S. in 2017, over 31,000 Associates pledged to the United Way in our annual workplace campaign to help provide families and children with opportunities for a better life, resulting in substantial funding to the United Way. Associates at our TJX corporate headquarters volunteer at a variety of events, from our one-day educational forum for high school students in the Girls Inc. program to weekly participation as Big Brothers/Big Sisters.
Our U.S. Associates are also actively engaged in supporting other causes as well. In some cases, activities that may have started as smaller, localized efforts have now grown into more substantial campaigns that occur across the country. For example, our U.S. Loss Prevention group leads Associate participation in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks each fall. In 2017, this group rallied together 129 teams in 30 states, with approximately 2,000 Associates, family members, and friends. Cumulatively, the teams have raised well over $1 million in funding for breast cancer research and support over the past six years!
In Canada, we encourage our Associates to volunteer at Covenant House, Canada’s largest agency serving at-risk, homeless, and trafficked youth. In May 2017, TJX Canada executives participated in the first all-women Sleep Out to help raise awareness and funds for Toronto youth. Associates also support the Mississauga Food Bank, with our Finance team hosting four volunteer sessions in which 80 Associates donated their time to help sort and pack food for those less fortunate in the community.
TJX Canada is also an official sponsor of a number of Pride festivals across the country and has supported the LGBTQ community for many years. Each year, Associates join in the festivities by marching in community Pride parades. In 2017, TJX Canada sponsored seven Pride festivals in major Canadian cities, and proudly saw over 580 Associates marching in various parades.
Across Europe, our Associates are amazing advocates of our charitable partners, fundraising millions of dollars to support thousands of vulnerable children and young people living in our local communities. During our Comic Relief campaign, associates in the U.K. organized a singing and dancing competition and took part in sky dives, football tournaments, bake sales, mud runs, and much more, raising a record-breaking amount of money. For our Give Up Clothes For Good campaign in the U.K., our Associates donate clothes, accessories, and homewares to support Cancer Research U.K. Together, our Associates and customers have donated more than 1,000,000 bags of these items since 2004! Associates in Ireland organized a huge talent show to support the Give Up Clothes For Good campaign, celebrating 20 years of our partnership with Enable Ireland.
In Germany, Associates entered 15 teams for Dusseldorf’s Metro Marathon and also participated in a weight loss competition, a 24-hour bike ride, and auctions. Our Poland Associates have organized fundraising barbecues, football matches, city-to-city bike rides, a mid-winter swim in the Baltic Sea, and the President’s Chair initiative where children from Stowarzyszenie WIOSNA, a national children’s education charity, are invited to visit TJX to learn more about careers within the business. We are very proud to have won an award for two consecutive years at WIOSNA’s annual gala for our Associates’ support of their Academy of the Future program. Associates in the Netherlands held their first fundraising event, creating a charity festival for customers in support of their local children’s projects.
In August 2017, our T.K. Maxx Australia team had more than 65 Associates participate in Sydney’s annual City2Surf fun run to raise funds for the Starlight Foundation, a national organization that aims to brighten the lives of seriously ill children and their families while health professionals focus on treating the illness. Working in partnership with healthcare professionals, Starlight provides programs integral to the total well-being of seriously ill children, lifting their spirits and giving them the opportunity to laugh, play, and focus on being children.
We are very proud to have Associates around the world who volunteer their time and who are committed to doing good in their communities.