General Counsel Committee


Overview

RILA's General Counsel Committee is composed of the general counsel of each of RILA’s retail member companies. General counsel have a wide range of responsibilities within their companies that begin with their organization’s legal and litigation needs but often extend to areas such as compliance, risk, government relations, privacy, security, asset protection and many other areas.   

The General Counsel Committee provides an opportunity for the leading legal executives of the retail industry to learn from each other and to benchmark at an executive level on strategic issues. The GC Committee’s activities include two in-person meetings each year, an annual survey of retail legal department structures, periodic benchmarking surveys, and conference calls as needed. 

RILA members have full access to past meeting presentations, reports and benchmarking results.  

For more information on RILA's General Counsel Committee, please contact Deborah White, General Counsel and Senior Executive Vice President of RILA at deborah.white@rila.org.  

Committee Updates

More than 30 general counsel from the country’s leading retailers attended the May 1 RILA General Counsel Committee meeting, including the general counsel from Best Buy, Chico’s, Costco, Crate & Barrel, Dollar General, Express, Gap, Lowe’s, Macy’s, Petco, PetSmart, QVC, Staples, Target, The Home Depot, Ulta, Walgreens, Walmart, and Wegmans.

Mission and Membership

The RILA General Counsel Committee addresses the broad array of legal, operational and policy challenges that retail companies face and provides advice and direction to RILA on strategies to assist retailers in meeting these challenges.  The Chief Legal Officer or the General Counsel of each RILA retail member is invited to join the committee.     

Committee Materials

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ESG 101 - Understanding the Landscape Webinar Recording

Webinar featuring Leaders Arena, BlackRock, former CalSTRS Director, and HIP Investor on the basics of ESG investor criteria and trends.

October 3, 2019
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ESG Reporting: Balancing Transparency & Risk

Recording from the ESG Reporting: Balancing Transparency & Risk Call

November 19, 2020
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ESG Retail Reporting: RILA Committee Descriptions

This resource provides sample language for retailers to use to describe their engagement in RILA’s ESG-supporting committees and councils

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ESG Roadmap: Opportunities & Potholes Along the Way Webinar

Webinar featuring Leaders Arena and AllianceBernstein on ideas for structuring and communicating an ESG program.

December 11, 2019
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Investor Outreach on COVID-19 & Human Capital Management

RILA facilitated a discussion on ESG Fundamentals & Applications to Investor Outreach on COVID-19 and Human Capital Management

October 14, 2020
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GC-L2 Committee Meeting: SCOTUS Updates with Tom Goldstein

Tom Goldstein, founder of SCOTUSblog, provides a download of important cases for retailers, the state of the court, and a look ahead.

June 24, 2021
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PROAct-ive Workforce Strategies Symposium

Outside experts discuss strategies to ensure that companies can protect their workforces.

May 21, 2021
PSFK Stage: Retailing With Purpose
PSFK Stage: Retailing With Purpose

Conversation with Brian Dodge about how retailers are adjusting to deliver sustainability, inclusivity and purpose.

January 14, 2021
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Resilient Management in the Age of Responsible Retail

Recording from the Resilient Management in the Age of Responsible Retail call

October 8, 2020
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RILA Legal Leadership: COVID Vaccination Program

The January 2021 Legal Leadership call discussed COVID vaccine issues concerning retail employers, featuring Jason Schwartz of Gibson Dunn.

January 14, 2021

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