The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) announced that Ajani Stewart has joined the association as part of the Sustainability team within the RILA Legal Department. Stewart is leading the development of RILA’s Center for Retail Compliance (CRC).
Stewart joins RILA from his post as the Environmental Coordinator for the City of Miami’s Office of Sustainable Initiatives, where he helped develop and lead the City’s sustainability and environmental efforts.
RILA recently received funding to develop the CRC, a web-based resource for retailers and stakeholders in the industry to access solutions and information for maintaining and achieving environmental compliance. Stewart is responsible for the development of the Center.
“Ajani possesses significant experience with local, state and federal environmental regulatory frameworks,” said Deborah White, executive vice president & general counsel at RILA. “His previous work in environmental consulting and with state and federal regulatory programs, make him a great asset to RILA’s member companies and a talented director of the Center for Retail Compliance.”
Prior to his work with the City of Miami, Ajani worked as a project manager in environmental consulting for several years with two local South Florida firms where he managed various environmental and environmental engineering projects for both public and private sector clients and led business development efforts. Previous to this, Stewart worked for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, where he performed compliance and enforcement activities pursuant to various state and federal regulatory programs.
Today’s retailers face an environmental compliance landscape that is governed by a patchwork of federal and state laws and regulations. These legal standards were primarily developed and intended for manufacturing and heavy industry, not the inherently unique and fluid retail sector we see today. The CRC will help retailers navigate this often ambiguous regulatory space with the goal of enhancing compliance for individual companies and across the industry as a whole.
Learn more about the CRC HERE
RILA is the trade association of the world’s largest and most innovative retail companies. 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.