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 email@example.com.
External Stakeholder Communications Library
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2018 Retail Responsible Sourcing Benchmarking Summary Report
Responsible Sourcing Committee 2018 benchmarking summary report.
July 2019 Responsible Sourcing Committee Survey Report
Peer survey on responsible sourcing program structure and scope.
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.
June 2020 Responsible Sourcing Survey
Peer survey on responsible sourcing scope and COVID-19 Response.
ESG Roadmap: Opportunities & Potholes Along the Way Webinar
Webinar featuring Leaders Arena and AllianceBernstein on ideas for structuring and communicating an ESG program.
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
Resilient Management in the Age of Responsible Retail
Recording from the Resilient Management in the Age of Responsible Retail call
Responsible Sourcing COVID-19 FAQ: UL
Responsible Sourcing Committee has composed a list of FAQs. Resource updated periodically. (Members-only content. Please log-in to access).
Serving the Conscious Consumer through Digital Platforms
Recording from the Serving the Conscious Consumer through Digital Platforms call
Retail Resources for Coronavirus
Retail Leaders Discuss Product Safety, Sustainability
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Onsite Renewable Energy: Opportunity and Recent Trends
- By [Jake Hoheim]
Managing Chemicals in Products: Implications for Retailers
- By [Andrew Sousa]
Latest Trends in the State Adoption of Aerosol Can Rule
- By [Kevin Gibney]
Feeding America Works with Food Businesses to Address Hunger
U.S. EPA Set to End Enforcement Discretion Policy
- By [Kaela Martins]