When it comes to supporting our military, TJX is dedicated to hiring members of the U.S. Armed Forces, veterans and their spouses. We make contributions that assist service members, both on deployment and upon their return, and honor members of the military for their service. In 2012, we reaffirmed our commitment to the federal agency, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), by signing, for the second time, the 5-Star Statement of Support. Through this commitment, we made a pledge to hire U.S. veterans and assist Associates active in the National Guard and Reserve.
In 2013, TJX joined other U.S. companies on Capitol Hill and strengthened our commitment further by pledging to hire at least 3,000 additional active military members, veterans or their spouses by 2018. We are excited to have already exceeded that goal, welcoming over 3,500 into the TJX family since 2013. We believe we are on track to hire 5,000 people from these populations by 2018.
In addition to our hiring commitment, The TJX Foundation has provided support to several organizations dedicated to veterans’ assistance, including the Home Base Program, which works with the Department of Veterans Affairs to treat those affected by combat-related stress and traumatic brain injury. We are also proud to support the Massachusetts Iraq and Afghanistan Fallen Heroes Memorial through financial contributions as well as in-kind donations.
At our global headquarters, we have “STAR” (Supporting TJX Armed Forces Relations), an Associate Resource Group whose mission is to provide networking and support for Associates who have a military affiliation, directly or indirectly via a family member. STAR also provides education for TJX managers and Associates about appropriate support for military-affiliated Associates and their families.
We take our commitment to military men and women and their families seriously, and we are proud to recognize and support our service members.