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Letter from RILA

On behalf of the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) and our member companies, we are proud to present RILA’s second Retail Sustainability Report. For the past six years, RILA has provided resources to empower, enhance, and accelerate sustainability activities in the retail industry; research like this report is a cornerstone of our efforts, and is intended to help companies understand how they compare to others in the industry and where there are opportunities for improvement.

The objective of this report is only to act as a snapshot of the industry’s sustainability programs. Between the publication of our first Retail Sustainability Report in January, 2012 and the publication of this report, we have found that the industry is continuing to drive progress and increase accountability on the most critical issues. Also, through this report, we want to bring to your attention the significant business benefits retailers have achieved from their sustainability endeavors, ranging from improved employee loyalty to decreased costs to more resilient supply chains. As you will see illustrated in the subsequent chapters, these benefits are fueling the continued development of sustainability programs over time. However, program development does not come without challenge.

Please use this report to understand the core components of a sustainability program, as well as the innovative strategies retailers are pursuing. We will continue to publish this report in future years to show how the industry is progressing on key sustainability indicators.

  Sandy Kennedy

Sandy Kennedy
President

 Deborah White

Deborah White
Executive Vice President
and General Counsel

 Adam Siegel

Adam Siegel
Vice President,
Sustainability and
Retail Operations

 

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