NAEM’s 2018 EHS&S Forum to Offer Specialized Content for Retail Leaders

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Washington, DC, May 24, 2018 - The National Association for Environmental Management (NAEM) will collaborate with the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) to develop specialized retail-focused content for its 2018 EHS&S Management Forum in Louisville, the association announced today.

The Forum is the largest annual conference for corporate environmental, health, safety and sustainability (EHS&S) decision-makers. Now in its 26th year, the conference draws more than 700 corporate leaders for a week of peer case study presentations, benchmarking discussions and targeted networking. For the second year in a row, the Forum will also include a pre-conference meeting of retailers as well as presentations designed to meet the needs of environmental leaders from the retail sector.

NAEM Executive Director Carol Singer Neuvelt said the continued collaboration with RILA also benefits those companies whose retail customers are asking for more information about their EHS& performance.

"As stakeholders continue to expect transparency and leadership from the business community, there is an even greater need for collaboration across disciplines and industries to meet that demand," she said. "Working with RILA is an important step toward building a sustainable business ecosystem, and we welcome the chance to grow these connections again this year."

Tiffin Shewmake, RILA vice president and executive director of the Center for Retail Compliance, agreed.

"We found our partnership with NAEM last year and the Forum to be extremely valuable to our community of retail environmental professionals. The Forum brings together best-in-class educational programming with the opportunity to connect and collaborate with peers across multiple industries on the key topics and challenges we all face," Ms. Shewmake said.

NAEM's EHS & Sustainability Management Forum will take place October 23-26 in Louisville, Ky. A discounted rate for registration is available to all RILA members. In conjunction with the Forum, RILA will host a meeting of its Retail Environmental Compliance committee, open to all retailers, on October 23. This meeting is in partnership with RILA's Center for Retail Compliance (CRC).

About NAEM
The National Association for Environmental Management (NAEM) empowers corporate leaders to advance environmental stewardship, create safe and healthy workplaces, and promote global sustainability. As the largest professional community for EHS and sustainability decision-makers, we provide peer-led educational conferences, benchmarking research and an active network for sharing solutions to today's corporate EHS and sustainability management challenges.

About RILA
RILA is the trade association of the world's largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers domestically and abroad.

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