More and more these days, the Web sites and annual reports of retailers include a page on corporate responsibility, and, often, that page includes information on what the company is doing to protect the environment. The TJX Cos Inc. is one such retailer.
Among the environmental policies TJX touts are the following:
Recycling corrugated cardboard: This one is increasingly common.
Trailer loading: TJX says that it charges its transportation and logistics people to reduce fuel consumption and transportation costs by improving trailer-loading methods and reducing the number of trucks needed to move merchandise. Frankly, this is the first time I’ve seen this one, though it undoubtedly shows up at other retail sites.
Vendor compliance: TJX has a vendor code of conduct that requires vendors and the factories where TJX gets its merchandise to comply with environmental laws and regulations. It’s trickle-down green.
Lighting: TJX works to increase lighting efficiency. This one shows up on nearly every site that has a page for environmental efforts.
Walls: Since 1987, TJX has used demountable steel walls to create and reconfigure office space in its home office, thus eliminating the need to dismantle and install new dry wall every time office space needs to be changed. This is a new one to me, too.
Cars: The TJX home office has an associate car pool program. This is more and more common at all companies; let’s hope employees take advantage.
Retail is getting greener and greener.
In the United States, TJX owns T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods and A.J. Wright.