About the Retail Industry Leaders Association


The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) is the trade association for the world’s largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs, and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities, and distribution centers domestically and abroad.

The retail industry is proud of its accomplishments and excited to continue to evolve sustainability programs that drive business value, consumer and employee loyalty, and support a healthier planet. And the RILA is excited to continue to convene the industry’s leaders and advance the practices and breadth of business benefits of retail sustainability programs.

 RILA’s Retail Sustainability Initiative (RSI) focuses on five topics key to successful retail programs:

 1.     Energy and greenhouse gas emissions

2.     Waste and recycling

3.     Products and supply chains

4.     Environmental compliance

5.     Communicating, reporting, and engaging

RSI engages retail sustainability executives to share best practices, develop new processes, and communicate their efforts to the industry’s most crucial stakeholders. RILA uses its annual conference, benchmark studies, collaborative partnerships, and research on behalf of retail sustainability interests to achieve the objectives set by the five sustainability topics listed above.