Sustainability Committee


Overview

RILA’s Sustainability Committee is composed of retail sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) executives focused on enabling more environmentally sustainable and circular business opportunities. Sustainability executives address issues that affect greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the efficient and responsible use of natural resources, and product- and material-lifecycle value retention. They also manage responses to stakeholder requests for information on sustainability performance. 

The retail industry sees increasing interest in internal and external-facing sustainability goal setting, as it works to improve measurement and management of environmental performance of retail operations and product lifecycles; to facilitate product transparency and traceability and to serve as a source for innovative solutions to other core retail business challenges.  

The Sustainability Committee provides RILA members a forum for executives to benchmark and hear from experts regularly on rotating topics related to the implementation, management, and oversight of retail sustainability programs. The committee has two annual in-person meetings (one co-located with the Circularity conference), 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 Sustainability Committee, contact Erin Hiatt, senior director, sustainability and innovation at erin.hiatt@rila.org

Strategic Partners

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 Sustainability Benchmarking Summary Report

Retail Sustainability Committee 2018 benchmarking summary report.

1/1/2018 12:00:00 AM
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Carry Out Shopping Bag Compliance & Sustainability Survey

Peer survey on shopping bag regulation tracking, compliance, and sustainability approaches. (Members-only content. Please log-in to access).

1/28/2020 12:00:00 AM
Building Energy Codes - Ashrae V. IECC

A quick reference tool for retailers on the two major energy code models in the U.S.

1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM
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July 2019 Energy Management Committee Survey Report

Peer survey on various submitted energy topics. (Members-only content. Please log-in to access).

7/15/2019 12:00:00 AM
Collaborative Renewable Sourcing

FAQ on aggregated deals that allow buyers to participate in the renewables sourcing market

1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM
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July 2019 Zero Waste Committee Survey Report

Peer survey on various submitted waste topics. (Members-only content. Please log-in to access).

7/15/2019 12:00:00 AM
DOE Appliance and Equipment Standards

Quick reference tool for retailers on DOE Appliance and Equipment Standards

1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM
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July 2020 Sustainability and Zero Waste Survey

Peer survey on current sustainability and zero waste practices.

7/15/2020 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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March 2020 RILA Retail Donations Survey

Peer survey on retail donation programs and challenges.

3/2/2020 12:00:00 AM
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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

1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM
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Sustainability & Zero Waste Committee Survey Report

Peer survey on various submitted sustainability and waste topics. (Members-only content. Please log-in to access).

10/11/2019 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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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

10/14/2020 12:00:00 AM
Global Procurement

FAQ discussing global procurement of renewables.

1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM
Lightbulb Efficiency Standards

A quick reference tool for retailers on U.S. lightbulb efficiency standards.

1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM
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Making Defensible Green Claims Virtual Meeting Presentation

UL’s Catherine Sheehy on drivers for green claims; ecolabel types and verification; California-specific issues and overview of regulatory landscape

10/13/2020 12:00:00 AM
Managing Chemicals in Products Webinar

Webinar with a presentation by UL and Rite Aid discussing how and why retailers are responding to consumer demand for safer formulated products.

6/15/2020 12:00:00 AM
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Maximizing Value of Unsold Inventory Webinar

Webinar featuring a panel of industry experts and thought leaders to discuss inventory management strategies, options and financial considerations.

5/15/2020 12:00:00 AM
Onsite Power Purchase Agreements (PPA)

FAQ explaining the benefits and challenges of Onsite Power Purchase Agreements

1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM
Owned Onsite Systems

FAQ on owned, onsite renewable energy assets

1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM
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PFAS Fed & State Regulatory Developments & Implications

Crowell & Moring’s Warren Lehrenbaum presents on PFAS developments, with a focus on recent FDA actions affecting “short chain” chemistries

10/13/2020 12:00:00 AM
Renewable Energy Credits (REC)

FAQ on Renewable Energy Credits (REC)

1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM
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Resilient Management in the Age of Responsible Retail

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

10/8/2020 12:00:00 AM
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How Retailers are Setting & Implementing Targets Webinar

Webinar featuring CDP and CVS Health on Science-Based Targets (SBTs) and Scope 3 emissions reduction approaches.

7/25/2019 12:00:00 AM
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Serving the Conscious Consumer through Digital Platforms
Serving the Conscious Consumer through Digital Platforms

Recording from the Serving the Conscious Consumer through Digital Platforms call

1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM
State Energy Efficiency & Building Natural Gas Laws/Codes

A quick reference tool for retailers on the energy efficiency laws and codes in the U.S.

1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM
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Sustainable Packaging Webinar Recording

Sustainable Packaging Coalition & Walmart on industry initiatives to improve packaging sustainability.(Members-only. Please log-in to access).

5/7/2019 12:00:00 AM
Sustainable Protective Packaging Innovation Challenge
Sustainable Protective Packaging Innovation Challenge

Open innovation challenge webinar for startups & entrepreneurs to showcase their innovations in protective packaging materials.

5/5/2020 12:00:00 AM
Textile Circularity: The Missing Links Webinar
Textile Circularity: The Missing Links Webinar

Discussion with industry experts on what’s still needed to make meaningful progress towards textile circularity.

7/8/2020 12:00:00 AM

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