Sustainability Committee

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, Vice President, CSR at erin.hiatt@rila.org

Strategic Partners

Committee Materials

Customer Electric Vehicle Charging
Customer Electric Vehicle Charging

RILA worked with Atlas Public Policy, C2ES and DGA to help retailers understand customer EV charging station business models and potential benefits.

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2018 Retail Sustainability Benchmarking Summary Report

Retail Sustainability Committee 2018 benchmarking summary report.

January 1, 2018
Extended Producer Responsibility Bills Gain Momentum
Extended Producer Responsibility Bills Gain Momentum

Overview of current EPR bills in the U.S. and a brief history of EPR programs that exist

August 30, 2021
Electric Vehicle Fleets
Electric Vehicle Fleets

RILA worked with Atlas Public Policy, C2ES and DGA to help retailers understand barriers and opportunities to utilizing EV fleets.

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Board Oversight Over ESG Issues and Disclosures
Board Oversight Over ESG Issues and Disclosures

Webinar presentation by Sarah Fortt, Vinson & Elkins LLP on Board Oversight Over ESG Issues and Disclosures

October 7, 2021
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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.

April 22, 2020
Building Energy Codes - Ashrae V. IECC

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

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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).

January 28, 2020
Collaborative Renewable Sourcing

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

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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).

July 15, 2019
Corporate Sustainability Goals & Supply Chain Impacts

Talia Rudee from CDP and Bram Keteleer from P&G discuss SBT's and Scope 1, 2, and 3 for retail.

May 19, 2021
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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).

July 15, 2019
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Current ESG and Climate Disclosure Landscape
Current ESG and Climate Disclosure Landscape

Webinar presentation by Austen Jensen, RILA and Catherine Clarkin, Sullivan and Cromwell on the Current ESG and Climate Disclosure Landscape

September 8, 2021
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July 2020 Sustainability and Zero Waste Survey

Peer survey on current sustainability and zero waste practices.

July 15, 2020
Cut Costs, Increase Efficiency, and Reduce Emissions

Jennifer Wong from Convoy and Ron Guzzi from The Home Depot share insights on how to reduce empty miles.

June 2, 2021
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March 2020 RILA Retail Donations Survey

Peer survey on retail donation programs and challenges.

March 2, 2020
DOE Appliance and Equipment Standards

Quick reference tool for retailers on DOE Appliance and Equipment Standards

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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).

October 11, 2019
E-commerce Fulfillment & Emissions Webinar

Deepam Mishra and Sid Jatia from Microsoft along with Professor Anne Goodchild discuss the interconnection between e-commerce and sustainability.

June 16, 2021
Energy Resiliency in the Supply Chain

Hear Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions along with Argonne Lab and Stewart & Stevenson discuss energy resiliency.

July 28, 2021
Engaging Suppliers on Renewable Energy Sourcing

Webinar with Walmart and Schneider Electric discussing a first-of-its-kind approach to supply chain engagement on renewables.

December 10, 2020
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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 Peer Perspectives: Reporting in 2021

Hear from The Home Depot and AutoZone about their 2021 ESG reporting

December 17, 2020
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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
Global Procurement

FAQ discussing global procurement of renewables.

Lightbulb Efficiency Standards

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

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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

October 13, 2020
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.

June 15, 2020
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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.

May 15, 2020
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

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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

October 13, 2020
Reducing Waste & Increasing Revenue

Hear from PreZero and Recurate how to optimize reverse logistics and approach building circular systems through resale.

July 14, 2021
Renewable Energy Credits (REC)

FAQ on Renewable Energy Credits (REC)

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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
Retail GHG Emissions Factors, Data & Methodology
Retail GHG Emissions Factors, Data & Methodology

Summary of sources for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions factors, data, and methodology relevant to retailers who are developing a company GHG inventory.

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SASB for Retail

In this webinar Taylor Reed and Neil Stewart from SASB discuss how SASB applies to retail.

May 27, 2021
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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.

July 25, 2019
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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

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 Fleets: Transportation + Sustainability Series

eIQ Mobility, IKEA, and Beveridge & Diamond discuss sustainable fleets.

June 30, 2021
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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).

May 7, 2019
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.

May 5, 2020
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TCFD for Retail

In this webinar Curtis Ravenel from TCFD and Ran Tao with Estee Lauder Companies discuss how TCFD applies to retail.

May 13, 2021
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.

July 8, 2020
The Value of Diversity Certifications Webinar
The Value of Diversity Certifications Webinar

Learn about the landscape of supplier diversity groups from first-hand experts.

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Third Party Risk Management Webinar
Third Party Risk Management Webinar

Daniel Click, Greg Matthews & Mitushi Pitti from KPMG shared findings from KPMG's Global Third Party Risk Management Outlook 2020 Report Survey

February 10, 2021
Upstream Innovation - Packaging Solutions
Upstream Innovation - Packaging Solutions

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation discusses what upstream innovation is and how it applies to key circular economy strategies, focused on reuse. Guest presentations by Walmart, Walgreens, and Ulta Beauty

March 16, 2021
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Validating ESG Disclosure Data
Validating ESG Disclosure Data

Presentation by Hugh Cherne, Associate Director, Best Buy & Ty Colman, Chief Operating Officer, Optera, on Validating ESG Disclosure Data.

September 30, 2021

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