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NRF Launches Retail Sustainability Center

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The National Retail Federation (NRF) has introduced the Center for Retail Sustainability, designed to help retailers generate economic value while also creating benefits for the environment, communities and societies.

Initial efforts will focus on leveraging consumer insights around sustainability products and practices, and improving supply chain traceability. Through a special partnership with Deloitte, the Center also is focused on facilitating the emergence of the circular economy.

“We are excited to work with NRF to scale successful sustainability solutions across the retail sector,” said James Cascone, Sustainability, Climate and Equity Leader and Advisory Partner at Deloitte & Touche in a statement. “With deep experience in the retail sector, retail supply chains and sustainability, Deloitte can help drive positive outcomes in supporting our industry’s move forward, including the Center’s development of an initial circularity roadmap for the retail industry.”

As part of the NRF Big Show, the organization will host a Sustainable Retail Workshop on Jan. 16, 2024.

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Scot Case, VP of Corporate Social Responsibility at NRF, will be the Center’s Executive Director. An external advisory board comprised of senior-level sustainability executives, industry partners, academics and other subject matter experts will govern the Center, which also will leverage existing activities from the NRF Sustainability Council.

The Center’s work will “highlight the many ways retailers are making their own operations more sustainable and making it easier for consumers to find high-quality, affordable and more sustainable products,” said Matthew Shay, President and CEO of the NRF in a statement.

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