Retailers Release Climate Priorities

The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) issued the following statement from Senior Executive Vice President, Public Affairs Michael Hanson in conjunction with the release of the association’s Retail Climate Priorities:

“Climate change is a bigger threat than any one individual, company, industry, or government can address on its own. As the trade association of our country’s leading retail companies, RILA believes effective public policy has a critical role to play in protecting communities and economies globally from climate change’s most disruptive impacts. The United States should not shy away from its obligation to act.

“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.

“Responding to the economic and moral imperatives of addressing climate change requires thoughtful and meaningful action. Leading retailers know the intricacies of navigating complex relationships and operational realities in the pursuit of sustainability. The retail industry is an ally in the fight against climate change and stands ready to partner with policymakers and provide constructive insights as we work towards achievable goals.”

As we approach Earth Day 2021, retailers are using the celebration and call to action as an opportunity to establish, new ambitious sustainability projects. Highlights and examples 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
  • Public Policy

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