Sessions

RILA's Retail Innovation Track Sessions


Innovative Internal and External Financing for Energy Projects


Even at cash rich companies, the fight for internal capital can leave compelling energy projects unfunded. Join this workshop to learn how retailers are overcoming this challenge through innovative internal financing and underutilized external financing mechanisms ranging from internal venture capital funds to green bonds.​

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Retailer Chemical Positions & Policies 

As consumers are increasingly concerned over chemicals used in everyday products, hear how large retailers are responding. This landscape is rapidly changing as retailers, CPG companies, chemical companies, NGOs, and government are all taking action.


Getting the Message Across: Greening Global Supply Chains - A Visual Design and Storytelling Strategy in Action

When you say the words "supply chain sustainability data" do eyes start to glaze over?   You know it's important, but how to do you get the attention of your senior executives and other key audiences?

Through compelling design and visual storytelling and, you can help key decision-makers better understand why metrics and research are important in tackling climate change, optimizing water usage, and cutting down deforestation. Based on the The Sustainability Consortium's recent, Impact Report: Greening Global Supply Chains, session attendees will learn how storytelling can help highlight key data and compel action, be able to model an effective visual communication strategy for depicting the science and complexity of product supply chains behind the products on their shelves, and discover how leading consumer products companies are sharing their sustainability story.

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Future Trends in Sustainable Retail & How to Succeed in Leading Them

This session will examine cutting edge sustainability programs and the data behind them to identify why they fail & how they succeed. All major brands struggle with a wide array of issues when it comes to developing and executing on impactful sustainability programs. Of the 6 major themes that lead to unsuccessful sustainability programs:
  1. Lack of Communication
  2. Lack of Strategic Approach
  3. Lack of Data
  4. Lack of Stakeholder Buy-In
  5. Lack of Standardized Programing 
  6. Lack in Understanding Connection Between Sustainability and Brand 
Communication, Strategy and Data are the most critical to ensure success – 80% of those surveyed identified Poor Communication and Lack of Strategy as the major causes for unsuccessful sustainability plans. Join some of the world’s leading experts on a journey to inspire, educate, engage and empower session attendees to take their brand’s sustainability plans to the next level of impact and influence.  


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rivate Brand Sustainability

Private label products are increasingly shifting from shelf-equivalent to differentiated as retailers seek to carve out greater customer loyalty and profit from their store brand strategy. This workshop will review the trends and business case for integrating sustainability into private brand strategy. This working session will review benchmarking information on retailer trends and consumer insights. The second half of the session will be an interactive workshop were attendees consider the business case and approach for building sustainability into their private label offering. Participants will work in small groups and pairs to explore the potential to harness this effective strategy for engaging the retail business in product sustainability.