Leading Retailers Urge Action on Criminal Justice Reforms

Addressing racial injustice is important step toward healing

Brian Dodge, president of the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), the trade association for America’s leading retailers, issued the following statement urging Congress to pass bipartisan criminal justice reforms:

“The prevalence of racial inequity in America is unacceptable and the obligation is on all of us to contribute to change. Over the past year, retailers have redoubled their efforts to pursue meaningful change inside their organizations and more broadly in the communities that they serve.

“As Congress begins consideration this week of criminal justice reform, leading retailers urge lawmakers to take bipartisan action that gets at the roots of racial injustice and the horrific incidents that have left no doubt that change is needed.

“Addressing racial injustice in our criminal justice system is a national imperative. As a society we cannot rest until trust between law enforcement and all communities has been restored. Leading retailers stand ready to support change and to work with lawmakers to achieve it.”



RILA is the US trade association for leading retailers. We convene decision-makers, advocate for the industry, and promote operational excellence and innovation. Our aim is to elevate a dynamic industry by transforming the environment in which retailers operate.

RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs, and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities, and distribution centers domestically and abroad.

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