• TJX operates nearly 2,100 retail stores under the names Marshall's, TJ Maxx, HomeGoods and A.J. Wright throughout the US, Canada, and the UK.
• Shareholders and activists have pressured TJX to improve its response to calls for more transparency about the sourcing of its gold and diamonds, but little has been accomplished thus far.
• It may be inexpensive to shop at TJX’s discount stores but the company's ethics and sourcing practices make it money not worth saving. The company has been criticized for lack of transparency, low wages for its factory workers, and improperly categorizing some employees as exempt from overtime pay.
• Use Go Green to take action with the No Dirty Gold campaign to call for more transparency from TJX Companies.
-- Profile Updated 07/06/2010
About TJX Companies
TJX operates nearly 2,100 retail stores under the names Marshall's, TJ Maxx, HomeGoods and A.J. Wright throughout the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom. Headquartered in Framingham, Massachusetts, TJX employs 125,000 people and recorded fiscal 2007 revenues of $17.4 billion.
No Dirty Gold
The No Dirty Gold campaign sponsored by Oxfam America and Earthworks focuses on changing the destructive practices of the gold mining industry by using consumer pressure. Gold mining often destroys clean environments, harms workers, contaminates drinking water and displaces communities simply to supply the developed world's demand for jewelry. No Dirty Gold calls on consumers to sign its campaign pledge and to demand that jewelers source their gold responsibly. Sears/Kmart, JCPenney, Wal-Mart and Fred Meyer Jewelers have been identified as "laggard" retailers that fail to make a commitment to purchasing more responsibly produced gold. Click on the URL below to take action.
A.J. Wright - Framingham, MA
- Bob's Stores, Inc. - Meriden, CT
- HomeGoods - Framingham, MA
HomeGoods - Framingham, MA
- Marshalls, Inc. - Framingham, MA
- T.J. Maxx - Framingham, MA
- T.K. Maxx - Watford, United Kingdom
- The Marmaxx Group - Framingham, MA
- Winners - Toronto, Canada
Contact TJX Companies
Framingham, MA 01701 USA
The Ethical Trading Action Group (ETAG), in association with Maquila Solidarity Network (MSN) and AccountAbility, released a report entitled "Transparency Report Card 2006,” evaluating and comparing 31 apparel retailers and brands in their efforts to address worker rights in their global supply chain. Retailers were rated in areas such as compliance with International Labor Organization standards (ILO), methods of monitoring code compliance, steps taken to communicate thoroughly, effectively, and transparently to the public. TJX earned a score of 36 out of 100.
-- Maquila Solidarity Network, 12/01/2006
Labour Behind the Label (LBL) published a report entitled “Let’s Clean Up Fashion: The State of Pay Behind the UK High Street,” evaluating retailers' supply chains based on wages paid, freedom of association afforded workers, as well as monitoring and verification of garment factories. LBL listed TJX under “Could Do Better.” According to LBL, TJX needs to move above the legal minimum on both wages and freedom of association.
-- Clean Clothes Campaign, 09/14/2006
Five New York City pension funds filed shareholder proposals with 13 companies requesting the adoption of workplace human rights policies. According to the New York Comptroller's office, these policies are to include "banning child labor; allowing all workers to form and join trade unions and bargain collectively; prohibiting discrimination of worker representatives; barring discrimination or intimidation in employment; and, not using forced labor, including bonded or prison labor." Among others, proposals were filed with Kimberly Clark of Dallas, TX, in which the systems own 1.6 million shares worth $109 million; Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. of Union, NJ, in which the systems own more than 1 million shares worth $40.9 million; E.I. du Pont De Nemours and Company of Wilmington, DE, in which the systems own 3.2 million shares worth $163.9 million.
-- New York City Comptroller Office, 02/24/2005
Source URL: www.comptroller.nyc.gov
In 2002, TJX paid $ 10 million to settle four California lawsuits charging that the company improperly classified some store managers as exempt from overtime laws. TJX said it settled the cases to avoid protracted court fights
-- Associated Press, 11/12/2002
Source URL: none available
Costco, T.J. Maxx (part of TJX) and Kmart failed to respond to requests by Amnesty International (AI) and Global Witness for information on the companies' diamond sourcing policies. In accordance with the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme which seeks to end the trade of conflict diamonds, retailers made an industry-wide commitment to educating employees on company diamond purchasing regulations. However, upon administering an industry survey, AI and Global Witness found that only 42 percent of retail staff were aware of any company guidelines for sourcing diamonds.
-- Amnesty International, 10/18/2004