From: Paul Schaefer, ENN
Published September 24, 2007 04:40 PM

Retail Leaders Unveil Sustainability Initiative

Arlington, VA – The Retail Industry Leaders Association announced a new sustainability initiative to advance socially sustainable activities and business practices and to ensure that retail leaders in sustainability are recognized by customers and policymakers for being leaders in environmental stewardship.

The group plans to help companies incorporate sustainability into its supply chain, and establish a framework for discussion and movement of the topic on its own.

“For years, our members have been embracing stewardship and sustainability,” explains RILA President Sandy Kennedy. “Through the RSI, we will gather the leading retail companies in the country to advance activities and business practices that will move the industry forward as a whole.”

“RSI will become the leading forum for the retail industry to design programs and solutions for environmental compliance and voluntary sustainability leadership,” said Casey Chroust, RILA’s senior vice president of retail operations. “The new initiative is unique in its action versus discussion approach.” Chroust will be spearheading the RSI for the association.

RILA will be supported in its efforts from two partners: Navista, Inc., The Public Affairs Group and the Shaw Group. Navista is a Washington, DC-based firm that will provide strategic and tactical support with regard to RSI’s sustainability and environmental regulatory objectives. The Shaw Group is a full service environmental consulting and management company that has worked with many national and regional retail companies on issues of compliance and sustainability. The RSI will be open to RILA members and non-members.

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