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 email@example.com.
External Stakeholder Communications Library
Resources are available to RILA committee members. Please login to access or contact us to learn more about membership.
2018 Retail Sustainability Benchmarking Summary Report
Retail Sustainability Committee 2018 benchmarking summary report.
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).
Building Energy Codes - Ashrae V. IECC
A quick reference tool for retailers on the two major energy code models in the U.S.
July 2019 Energy Management Committee Survey Report
Peer survey on various submitted energy topics. (Members-only content. Please log-in to access).
Collaborative Renewable Sourcing
FAQ on aggregated deals that allow buyers to participate in the renewables sourcing market
July 2019 Zero Waste Committee Survey Report
Peer survey on various submitted waste topics. (Members-only content. Please log-in to access).
DOE Appliance and Equipment Standards
Quick reference tool for retailers on DOE Appliance and Equipment Standards
July 2020 Sustainability and Zero Waste Survey
Peer survey on current sustainability and zero waste practices.
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.
March 2020 RILA Retail Donations Survey
Peer survey on retail donation programs and challenges.
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
Sustainability & Zero Waste Committee Survey Report
Peer survey on various submitted sustainability and waste topics. (Members-only content. Please log-in to access).
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
FAQ discussing global procurement of renewables.
Lightbulb Efficiency Standards
A quick reference tool for retailers on U.S. lightbulb efficiency standards.
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
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.
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.
Onsite Power Purchase Agreements (PPA)
FAQ explaining the benefits and challenges of Onsite Power Purchase Agreements
Owned Onsite Systems
FAQ on owned, onsite renewable energy assets
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
Renewable Energy Credits (REC)
FAQ on Renewable Energy Credits (REC)
Resilient Management in the Age of Responsible Retail
Recording from the Resilient Management in the Age of Responsible Retail call
How Retailers are Setting & Implementing Targets Webinar
Webinar featuring CDP and CVS Health on Science-Based Targets (SBTs) and Scope 3 emissions reduction approaches.
Serving the Conscious Consumer through Digital Platforms
Recording from the Serving the Conscious Consumer through Digital Platforms call
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.
Sustainable Packaging Webinar Recording
Sustainable Packaging Coalition & Walmart on industry initiatives to improve packaging sustainability.(Members-only. Please log-in to access).
Sustainable Protective Packaging Innovation Challenge
Open innovation challenge webinar for startups & entrepreneurs to showcase their innovations in protective packaging materials.
Textile Circularity: The Missing Links Webinar
Discussion with industry experts on what’s still needed to make meaningful progress towards textile circularity.
Retail Resources for Coronavirus
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]
H&M Finds Landlord Collaboration Key to Energy Goals
- By [Erin Hiatt]