Leading Retailers Renew Calls for Criminal Justice Reforms

Reforms needed to address racial injustice in communities

Brian Dodge, president of the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), the trade association for America’s leading retailers, issued the following statement on the one-year anniversary of the killing of George Floyd urging Congress to honor his life by passing bipartisan criminal justice reforms:

“Today marks one-year since the horrifying killing of George Floyd an event that shocked the world and forced us to confront the prevalence of racial inequities in America.

“Eradicating racial injustice requires us all to change. Retailers have stepped up and are doing the necessary work to address racial bias. 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 the nation remembers George Floyd this week, leading retailers urge lawmakers to take bipartisan action that gets at the roots of racial injustice in our criminal justice system 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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