About RILA's Sustainability Initiative
RILA helps retailers become sustainability leaders through the Retail Sustainability Initiative (RSI):
...providing education, sharing, and networking.
Retail Sustainability News
2015 Retail Sustainability Management Maturity Matrix
The Matrix is a tool for retail sustainability executives to identify the management practices that will drive improved corporate and environmental performance. It represents the collective knowledge of many industry experts through three review periods that solicited input from environmental nonprofits and experts, and numerous retailers.
Retail Sustainability Management Resource Library
RILA's Retail Sustainability Management Resource Library is organized around the Retail Sustainability Management Maturity Matrix. Retailers can refer to the Resource Library for specific tools, case studies, and further opportunities to help them progress the maturity of their programs.
Retail Horizons: Envisioning the Future of Retail
In 2013, RILA began to research significant changes that are affecting the retail industry. We found that five “pressures” are driving the industry to significantly change-–and those changes are likely to accelerate in the future. To respond, RSI led work groups throughout 2014 to discuss how to integrate sustainability into the future of retail.
2013 Retail Sustainability Report
This report details the industry’s adoption of sustainability programs, including the management and implementation systems that companies are developing to reap the greatest business and environmental benefits from their programs.
Identifying and removing conflict minerals in the consumer goods supply chain has increased in importance for the retail industry. RILA’s Conflict Minerals Compliance Project is helping project members navigate the issue, the compliance requirements, and solutions through educational materials, implementation tools, and key partnerships.
2012 Retail Employee Engagement for Sustainability Report
As sustainability programs become mainstream in retail, companies have become increasingly aware that lasting improvement requires a workforce that is engaged for sustainability. This report seeks to provide a comprehensive look at employee engagement activities across the retail industry.
2011 Product Supplier Engagement Report
In an effort to be strategic and proactive, retailers are developing infrastructures that promote continuous improvement in product supply chain costs, risks, safety, quality, and innovation. This report documents the retailer programs and trends for engaging product suppliers on sustainability.
Energy Management Resources
Retail Energy Management program
Retailers have a significant opportunity to reduce the energy consumption and associated greenhouse gases of their vast portfolio of locations, to the benefit of both companies and the environment. RILA is committed to helping its members overcome barriers to enhanced energy performance across their building portfolio through this new program.
Retail Energy Management Report
This report details the industry’s adoption of various energy management practices. Specifically, RILA asked the largest retail companies about their teams and operations, as well as the level of maturity at which their companies operate along twenty-three dimensions of energy management.
Retail Energy Management Maturity Matrix
The Maturity Matrix valuable tool to help retail energy managers optimize their energy programs. Retailers can use it first to baseline the maturity of their program and then to identify the highest leverage opportunities for improvement.
Retail Energy Management Resource Library
RILA's Resource Library identifies specific tools, case studies, and further opportunities to help them progress the maturity of their programs; and is organized around the Maturity Matrix.
Retail Green Lease Primer
The retail leasing process can either uncover or hinder opportunities to implement energy and waste reduction practices. RILA has facilitated the development of educational tools to promote green leasing through a working group of developers and retailers.
Environmental Compliance Resources
Center for Retail Compliance
The Center for Retail Compliance (CRC) will be a web-based, one-stop shop for retailers and stakeholders in the industry to access solutions and information for maintaining compliance with state and federal environmental regulations. The CRC will provide a repository of useful retail-specific information, tools and solutions.
Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulatory reform
The recent collision between the retail world, consumer products, and RCRA enforcement has demonstrated the need for greater clarity, assistance, and cooperation between retailers, manufacturers, and regulators. RILA's Environmental Compliance Committee is focused on assisting retailers to comply with RCRA and engage EPA and state agencies for reform.