Our global teams work together to measure the performance of our environmental sustainability initiatives including these key metrics:
In 2016, we participated in the CDP Climate Change Information Request for the seventh consecutive year, and we again delivered strong results, receiving a score of A-.
Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)
TJX's corporate responsibility information has been indexed against GRI's G4 Guidelines, its fourth generation guidelines that were launched in May 2013. The TJX index is intended to help readers more easily navigate our website to the topic of interest.
Carbon Trust Verification
In Europe, we have been working with the Carbon Trust to develop a strong environmental program with a focus on GHG emissions reduction. Our European carbon footprint has been externally audited by the Carbon Trust since 2006.
Carbon Trust Certification
Since 2011, we have been accredited with the Carbon Trust Standard certificate, recognizing our efforts to reduce our environmental impact in the U.K. In 2013 and 2015, the certification was extended to include our entire European operations. We are currently in the process of applying for 2017 reaccreditation.
U.S. GHG Emissions Inventory Verification: Scope 1 (Direct) and Scope 2 (Indirect)
Our Scope 1 and Scope 2 U.S. GHG inventory data is third party verified (using AICPA (AT101) standards). This initiative has resulted in TJX obtaining third party verification for 60% of our global Scope 1 emissions (onsite fuels, refrigerants and transport fuels) and an estimated 80% of our global Scope 2 emissions (electricity and steam) for our 2016 reporting period.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification
In 2016, we were pleased to be awarded LEED certification for TJX Canada’s regional headquarters, which incorporated environmental sustainability features into its new construction plan. Originally, LEED Silver certified in 2012, our Las Vegas, NV, distribution center was recertified in the spring of 2017.
3R Silver Certification
In 2015, our two distribution centers in Canada were awarded the Recycling Council of Ontario’s 3R Silver Certification for outstanding policies and performance in responsible waste management.
In addition to the recognition of our efforts by CDP and Carbon Trust, in 2016, we were once again listed on the FTSE4Good Index. We have been selected for inclusion on the FTSE4Good Index every year since 2001. Created by the global index company FTSE Group, FTSE4Good is an equity index series that is designed to facilitate investment in companies that meet globally recognized corporate responsibility standards, including stringent environmental criteria.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) New England – 2017 Environmental Merit Award
In 2017, TJX received the New England Environmental Merit Award from the U.S. EPA. We were honored to receive this award in recognition of our commitment to pursuing initiatives that are smart for our business and good for the environment.