Sustainability Resources

Explore NRF’s research, resources and tools designed to help retailers in advancing their sustainabilty initiatives.

Carbon footprint in retail
The Carbon Footprint of Retail Products

Retailers face increasing supply chain disruptions and risks associated with a changing climate, and many are taking action to curb emissions. The aim of this report is to review literature and studies on the life cycles of a broad range of retail products and summarize the major GHG emissions hotspots.

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Retailers Reaching for Net-zero

The impacts of unchecked climate change are extensive. With investors, regulators and consumers seeking action, retailers are focusing on pragmatic ways to mitigate their climate change risks.

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ESG Tool Kit

This tool kit includes resources for retailers around ESG and sustainability. Consumers, investors, employees and regulators are increasingly interested in learning what retailers are doing to address sustainability concerns. In response, retailers are adopting environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategies, frameworks and metrics to quantify sustainability progress.

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NRF launches Center for Retail Sustainability
Sustainability goals
The Center supports retailers’ commitments to create net positive environmental, social and community benefits.
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NRF Debuts New Center for Retail Sustainability
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NRF Debuts New Center for Retail Sustainability
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Creating a circular retail economy
A workshop at NRF 2024: Retail’s Big Show will help retailers understand how to evolve their businesses.
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REI re-embraces its mission to help people of all kinds spend more time in the great outdoors
REI store
CMO Chris Speyer oversees the co-op’s attempt to appeal to a more diverse population.
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How reverse logistics makes the retail cycle go around
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Retail Gets Real episode 324: Tony Sciarrotta of the Reverse Logistics Association explains the cycle of returned items.
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5 sustainability terms retail executives need to understand
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Understanding what the terms sustainabilty, corporate social responsibility, ESG, circularity and regenerative mean.
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5 ways retailers are building the circular economy
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Retailers and suppliers are embracing practices to drive profitable, consumer-friendly sustainability solutions.
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NRF Announces Acquisition of Reverse Logistics Association
NRF Announces Acquisition of Reverse Logistics Association
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How sustainability connects with every retail career
Retail porofessional
Each retail role is a sustainability role.
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