The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) today concluded its 2015 Retail Sustainability Conference with a closing keynote address from National Geographic Marine Biologist and Explorer-in-Residence Sylvia Earle, PhD on how to responsibly enjoy the resources of the ocean.
The three-day conference held in Austin, Texas began on Wednesday with an opening address from Unilever President Kees Kruythoff and featured in-depth discussions around critical industry topics, case study presentations, and extensive networking opportunities for key leaders in the retail sustainability industry.
The final day of the conference featured impact sessions from top retailers Petco, Sears, Wal-Mart, Target, Canadian Tire, Abercrombie & Fitch, and more, all leading meaningful discussions around energy management, environmental compliance, and best sustainability practices. Today's case study was presented by Candace Taylor Anderson, director of sustainability at Belk, and focused on making sustainable products a reality.
"This year's conference was a huge success. The event continues to be an extraordinary learning experience and unique environment to connect with industry peers for education and professional development," said Adam Siegel, vice president of sustainability and compliance at RILA. "We thank all of our speakers, sponsors, and retailers for attending the conference, engaging on these issues and committing to work toward a more sustainable future."
Prior to the start of the conference, RILA release two new industry benchmarking reports, the 2015 Retail Sustainability Report and the 2015 Retail Energy Management Report.
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.