Responsible Sourcing


RILA’s Responsible Sourcing Committee is composed of leading retail executives working on responsible and ethical sourcing and social compliance. Responsible Sourcing executives address issues that affect the ethical performance of their supply chains, with a specific focus on manufacturing and relationships with suppliers to ensure compliance and drive continuous improvement in existing and emerging sourcing regions. They also manage responses to stakeholder requests for information on responsible sourcing performance. 

The retail industry leverages approaches such as audits, worker engagement, training, and remediation to improve human rights performance, product and manufacturer transparency and traceability, supplier ownership, streamline supplier information requests, NGO collaboration, and more.  

The Responsible Sourcing Committee provides leading retailers a forum for executives to benchmark and hear from experts regularly on rotating topics related to the implementation, management, and oversight of retail responsible sourcing programs. The committee has two annual in-person meetings (one co-located with the ELEVATE Leadership Forum), benchmarking surveys, and bi-monthly, focused benchmarking calls on members’ highest priority issues.  

RILA members have full access to past meeting and call content, reports and benchmarking results which can be found below.  

For more information on RILA's Responsible Sourcing Committee, contact Erin Hiatt, senior director, sustainability and innovation at

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Committee Materials

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External Stakeholder Communications Library

Resources are available to RILA committee members. Please login to access or contact us to learn more about membership.

4/22/2020 12:00:00 AM
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2018 Retail Responsible Sourcing Benchmarking Summary Report

Responsible Sourcing Committee 2018 benchmarking summary report.

12/1/2018 12:00:00 AM
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July 2019 Responsible Sourcing Committee Survey Report

Peer survey on responsible sourcing program structure and scope.

7/1/2019 12:00:00 AM
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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.

10/3/2019 12:00:00 AM
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June 2020 Responsible Sourcing Survey

Peer survey on responsible sourcing scope and COVID-19 Response.

6/1/2020 12:00:00 AM
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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.

12/11/2019 12:00:00 AM
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Responsible Sourcing COVID-19 FAQ: UL

UL and RILA’s Responsible Sourcing Committee has composed a list of FAQs. Resource updated weekly. (Members-only content. Please log-in to access).

4/17/2020 12:00:00 AM

Responsible Sourcing Committee Meeting

  • Aug 5 - Aug 5, 2020
  • New York, NY

Meeting of the members of RILA's Responsible Sourcing Committee.

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