We focus the auditing portion of our Global Social Compliance Program where we have more influence in bringing the products to market. This means our
program typically reaches factories that produce merchandise that we have helped design or develop just for us. We focus our auditing efforts on these factories because we believe this is where we are most likely to be able to
have a meaningful impact. When we source these products, we require the buying agents and vendors that are involved to identify any active factories that they use, or intend to use, to produce such merchandise.
Together with our representatives, UL LLC, Intertek Group PLC, and Omega Compliance Limited, we work closely with our agents and vendors so that they understand our Global Social Compliance Program, our Vendor Code of Conduct,
and our factory auditing process. Our internal teams also play an important role in educating vendors on our Program requirements and encouraging them to make improvements at their facilities, when necessary. Additionally, we have
Associates that support the program in various buying offices around the world.
Our TJX Global Social Compliance Manual contains, among other important guidance, an audit procedure outline and factory evaluation checklist to help prepare the factory for the audit process. This tool is available in seven languages
and offers detailed information designed to help agents, vendors, and factory management in our audit program better understand the expectations of our Vendor Code of Conduct, as well as our monitoring and corrective action processes.
We require our buying agents to disseminate this manual to their entire TJX vendor base and have it posted to our vendor website, which is available to all vendors.