Responsible Sourcing and Trading
At TK Maxx, we are committed to responsible business practices and regularly review our policies and set ethical and environmental standards for ourselves and for those with whom we do business.
We’ve been holders of the Carbon Trust standard since 2010 in recognition of our year-on-year carbon reduction efforts across our European operations. Last year we reduced our Carbon Footprint by over 15% and we are on track to reduce our carbon footprint by *30% by 2020.
Across the UK and Ireland, our customers and associates have recycled over 1.5 million bags of clothing through our in-store take back scheme Give Up Clothes for Good. We have run this campaign for the last 14 years, have recycled 6 830 tonnes of clothing or 150 000 tonnes of saved carbon emissions* and also raised over £31 million for Cancer Research UK Kids and Teens.
We have had a longstanding “no fur” policy since 2003 and we do not knowingly sell items that contain real fur of any type. In addition, we do not knowingly source products containing Angora.
With brands that manufacture feather and down bedding products, we remain committed to pursuing a policy of no live plucking or force feeding and to seeking accredited third party certifications including or equivalent to the RDS, TDS or Downpass.
Our buyers source a wide variety of products for our stores including items that are Fairtrade, organic or produced from recycled materials. The cotton in our Red Nose Day t-shirts is Fairtrade certified and grown using only rain water irrigation by farmers in Western Uganda, supported by TK Maxx’s Sustainable Trade Programme. The income from the Fairtrade cotton helps cotton farmers in Ugandan communities, by empowering the farmers and providing them with increased income, so they can send their children to school and improve their life chances. The Red Nose Day t-shirts are made in a factory that has been independently certified against the Fairtrade Cotton Standard.
We are signatories to the British Retail Consortium's Childrenswear guidelines, which state that we will not sell clothes that are not appropriate for children to wear.
We are careful that the products we sell meet standards of decency. We don't knowingly sell products that have offensive language or imagery.
We strongly value our vendor relationships, which are built on a foundation of honesty and trust. Our Code of Conduct ensures vendors and their subcontractors know what we expect on issues including working hours, safety in the workplace and wages and conditions.
We work hard to ensure that products we buy are in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations. If we find a product in our stores that doesn't meet these, we ensure the item is immediately removed.
We audit vendors and provide education so that they understand our expectations and can develop processes to meet and exceed these expectations.
Our UK Tax Strategy outlines our approach to the management of our tax affairs in the UK.