By Adam Siegel, VP of sustainability and retail operations, RILA
Great sustainability leaders are the first to chart a new course and inspire others to do the same. They also know that the work is never truly done and continue to innovate, improve, and progress. According to industry experts, the retailers leading the industry on its sustainability journey define sustainability as the connectedness and interdependence of the people, the industry's effects, the planet that provides the foundation for our products, and the profits the industry derives. Where sustainability endeavors lead the industry in 10 to 20 years, no one can say. But, it is clear that sustainability will be a driving force of change in that time and beyond.
Indeed, a great deal has already started to change since retailers first began their efforts. In just the last two years alone, sustainability in the retail industry has become more of a mainstream practice, with new companies climbing on board every day.