Retail Welcomes Climate Change Agenda

The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) issued the following statement from Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility Erin Hiatt in response to the Biden Administration’s pledge to significantly cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions:

“President Biden’s commitment to combatting climate change is an important step in reclaiming America’s leadership role in addressing one of the most serious threats to our future. To protect our global community, the United States must do its part and work collectively with other countries, industries and individuals to avoid climate change’s most disruptive effects.

“The retail industry is an ally in the fight against climate change and welcomes the opportunity to work with policymakers on achievable climate goals. Leading retailers know the intricacies of navigating complex relationships and operational realities in the pursuit of sustainability. We urge the Biden administration and Members of Congress to collaborate on bipartisan legislation that supports innovation, economic resiliency, and energy efficiency to help the United States prepare our economy and workforce to meet necessary emissions reductions. Together we can address climate change through attainable solutions that have a lasting impact on our environment.”

Earlier this week RILA released a report on Retail Climate Priorities outlining top impact areas for retailers on emissions reductions. And in celebration of Earth Day, retailers are establishing, new ambitious sustainability projects. Highlights of sustainability announcements can be viewed here.


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.

  • Climate and Sustainability
  • Ensuring a Safe, Sustainable Future
  • Retail Sustainability
  • Sustainability & Environment
  • Retail Works for All of Us

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