RILA Names VP of Corporate Social Responsibility
The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) has promoted Erin Hiatt to the position of VP, corporate social responsibility (CSR). This newly created role reflects the retail industry’s accelerated commitment to corporate governance and sustainability issues, according to the Washington, D.C.-based trade organization.
Hiatt joined RILA in 2012 and has held several roles since that time, most recently as senior director for sustainability and innovation. In her latest position, she will head up RILA’s broader CSR issue portfolio, which includes offerings for member communities focused on sustainability, responsible sourcing, energy management, diversity and inclusion, and supporting members’ environmental, social and governance (ESG) engagement practices.
“Erin’s expertise on corporate and social responsibility issues and her dedication to the retail industry is extraordinary,” said Lisa LaBruno, RILA’s senior EVP, retail operations. “Leading retailers understand that as corporate citizens they have tremendous influence over issues that matter to their employees, customers and shareholders. RILA plays a critical role in helping retailers navigate through new CSR expectations and commitments, and Erin will do a superb job as their advocate and leader.”
Hiatt was recently tapped to join the Sustainable Accounting Standards Board’s (SASB) Standards Advisory Group for consumer goods, where RILA is currently the only retail trade association represented. According to RILA, Hiatt’s participation on SASB’s Advisory Board will add exceptional value to RILA’s CSR program.
“I’m proud to support leading retailers’ work accelerating corporate social responsibility goals and commitments,” noted Hiatt. “Over a decade ago, RILA’s board challenged the association to focus on sustainability issues and opportunities. This work has been incredibly rewarding as we leverage the positive impact leading retailers can have on their communities and the world. As we broaden our focus to examine other critical environmental, social and governance priorities, I am eager to collaborate with our members to see what we can accomplish.”
RILA members encompasses more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers and service suppliers, which collectively account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs, and100,000-plus stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers in the United States and abroad.