Retail Sustainability Initiative Inaugural Meeting a Success

Representatives from over 15 of America's largest retailers recently gathered at Washington, DC's Jurys Hotel to participate in the inaugural meeting of the RILA Sustainability Initiative (RSI).

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Representatives from over 15 of America's largest retailers recently gathered at Washington, DC's Jurys Hotel to participate in the inaugural meeting of the RILA Sustainability Initiative (RSI). The goals of RSI are to advance environmentally sustainable activities and business practices relevant to the retail industry and to address regulatory compliance measures.

Among those in attendance were Chico's FAS, J.C. Penny, Lowe's, Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI), Target, The Home Depot, Wal-Mart and Walgreen's, all of whom have committed to participate in the initiative.

When discussing the RILA initiative Sally Jewel, President and CEO, REI, stated, "As a company that is committed to responsible stewardship of our resources, we are pleased that RILA has pulled the retail industry together to collectively address sustainability issues across a broad range of areas that impact our communities, supply chains and business operations."

John Menzer, Vice Chairman of Wal-Mart added, "By combining the size, scale and experience of RILA's members, we have the unique ability to make a meaningful impact on sustainable practices around the world."

The mission of RSI is to pursue responsible environmentally sustainable activities and business practices while building awareness among customers and policymakers of their leadership in meeting environmental standards relevant to the retail industry. This action-based organization is open to both RILA members and non-RILA Members. RSI participants bring a wealth of knowledge and experience addressing issues of sustainability and are eager to share their experiences with others.

"The inaugural meeting was a huge success," said Casey Chroust, Senior Vice President, Retail Operations, RILA. "Retail's commitment to sustainable practices was evident by the enthusiasm and expertise of those who participated in the meeting. We are excited about the initiative's future and ability to drive tangible results as the initiative continues to grow," concluded Chroust.

The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) promotes consumer choice and economic freedom through public policy and industry operational excellence. Its members include the largest and fastest growing companies in the retail industry -- retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers -- which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales. RILA members provide millions of jobs and operate more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers domestically and abroad.

CONTACT: Brian A. Dodge of the Retail Industry Leaders Association,
+1-703-600-2017, brian.dodge@rila.org


Web Site: http://www.retail-leaders.org/

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