We expect high ethical standards from all of the companies and individuals with whom we do business. Our Vendor Code of Conduct reflects those high standards, which embrace internationally recognized principles designed to protect the interests of the workers who manufacture products for sale in our businesses. These principles have been informed by, and in many instances incorporate, human rights, labor rights, and anti-corruption standards enunciated by the United Nations and other respected international bodies, such as the International Labour Organization and its core standards. We are committed to respecting the rights of all workers, in particular, the rights of women and children, who can be especially vulnerable in the retail manufacturing supply chain.
Acceptance of our Vendor Code of Conduct is part of our purchase order terms and conditions for merchandise vendors. While the specific requirements contained in the Code were developed with merchandise vendors in mind, we expect all of the companies and individuals with whom we do business to act with integrity and adhere to the basic principles that underlie each Code requirement. Those basic principles include a commitment to act in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations; respect for the human rights and well-being of all people; and consideration of one’s impact on the environment.
In 2019, we benchmarked our Vendor Code of Conduct against the codes of many industry peers. This benchmarking helped us to better understand the common practices in the industry and identify where our programs are aligned. It also helped us prioritize additional areas of focus, and supported enhancements made to our Vendor Code of Conduct in 2020. We plan to continue to evaluate further potential amendments we may want to make in the future.
We encourage anyone with questions or concerns relating to our Vendor Code of Conduct to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TJX Vendor Code of Conduct
TJX requires that all products offered for sale in our stores and online be produced in facilities that meet specific criteria, as set forth below:
Compliance with Applicable Laws and Regulations
Our vendors and the factories in which the merchandise they sell us is manufactured must comply with all applicable laws and regulations, including, but not limited to, animal protection laws.
Ethical Business Standards
Our vendors must not engage in or attempt to engage in bribery, corruption, or similar unethical business practices in dealing with government officials or private individuals or entities.
Health and Safety
Our vendors must provide their workers with safe and healthy conditions, including in any living facilities that may be provided.
Our vendors must not use child labor. The term “child” is defined as anyone younger than 15 years of age (or younger than 14 years of age where the law of the country of manufacture allows 14-year-olds to work). At all times our vendors must respect compulsory education laws. Workers under the age of 18 must not perform hazardous work.
Our vendors must not use voluntary or involuntary prison labor, indentured labor, bonded labor, labor acquired through slavery or human trafficking, or any forms of involuntary or forced labor. Our vendors must not require workers to surrender any identity papers as a condition of employment; such documents may only be temporarily held to verify a worker’s employment eligibility. Our vendors must reimburse their workers for any recruitment or hiring fees that are paid.
Wages and Benefits
Our vendors must abide by all applicable laws relating to wages and benefits, and must pay the legally prescribed minimum wage or higher. Workers must be provided with a written contract which clearly describes their employment and wage terms prior to acceptance of employment. Our vendors must not make any deductions from wages as a disciplinary measure.
Our vendors must not require their employees, on a regularly scheduled basis, to work in excess of 60 hours per week (or fewer hours if prescribed by applicable laws and regulations). All overtime must be voluntary and must be fully compensated in accordance with the requirements of local law, and except in extraordinary circumstances, employees must be entitled to at least one day of rest in every seven-day period.
Harassment or Abuse
Our vendors must respect the rights and dignity of their employees. We will not tolerate human rights abuses, including physical, sexual, psychological or verbal harassment or abuse of workers.
Workers must be employed, retained, and compensated based on their ability to perform their jobs, and must not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, race, color, national origin, religious, ethnic or cultural beliefs, age, sexual orientation, or any other prohibited basis.
Freedom of Association
Our vendors must respect the rights of their workers to choose (or choose not) to freely associate and to bargain collectively where such rights are recognized by law. We prohibit harassment, retaliation, and violence against trade union members and representatives.
Our vendors must be in compliance with all applicable environmental laws and regulations. Our vendors are strongly encouraged to protect the environment by: operating in a sustainable manner, where possible; conserving and protecting resources, such as water and energy; and taking into consideration environmental issues that may impact local communities.
Our vendors must ensure that all subcontractors and any other third parties they use in the production or distribution of goods offered for sale in our stores and online comply with the principles described in this Code of Conduct. Additionally, our private label vendors must disclose to TJX’s third-party auditors the names of all such subcontractors, and third parties before social compliance audits are scheduled.
Monitoring and Compliance
TJX or its designated third party auditor or agent shall have the right to monitor and assess compliance with these principles. Our vendors must be transparent and honest in all communications with TJX, our auditors and agents. A violation of this Code of Conduct may result in required corrective action, cancellation of purchase order(s), and/or termination of the business relationship.