On a worldwide basis, TJX has about 1,100 Associates in its buying organization who source merchandise from a universe of more than 21,000 vendors located in over 100 countries. We strongly value our vendor relationships as we believe they have been a key factor in our long-term success. While the majority of product we sell in our stores and online is brand name merchandise obtained in many ways, some merchandise is also designed by our own fashion and style experts and manufactured just for us. We focus our social compliance efforts in this area as it is where we believe we can have more meaningful impact.
Our philosophy towards social compliance mirrors our culture, and just as we are committed to honesty, integrity, and treating others with dignity and respect, we expect those that we do business with to do the same. Our Social Compliance Program is inspired by the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and our commitment to these principles is reflected in our Vendor Code of Conduct and our responsible sourcing initiatives.