“We are thrilled to have Source 44 return as the title sponsor for the Retail Sustainability Conference,”
“We look forward to working with the team again this year to advance leadership in environmental sustainability across the industry,” Kennedy said.
Jess Kraus, Source 44 President and CEO, confirmed that Source 44 has once again been an active member on this year’s sustainability and planning committee.
“We are honored to serve as title sponsor for a second consecutive year,” said Jess Kraus, Source 44 President and CEO. “Last year’s title sponsorship exceeded expectations, helping us to build an excellent partnership with RILA and its members. It also provided a great opportunity for us to work directly with many of our key clients, and we expect no less this year.”
RILA has invited three Source 44 representatives to appear on this year’s program.
Jess Kraus, Source 44 President and CEO, will be introducing the keynote speaker, Walter Robb, CEO of Whole Foods.
Mike Fraser, Source 44 Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer, will be joining Levi Strauss & Co.'s Director of Global Environmental Sustainability, Colleen Kohlsaat, to present “Leveraging Lifecycle Analysis (LCA) to Improve Your Product Footprint.” Fraser will discuss current methodologies and emphasize the importance of obtaining environmental and social data, which includes the impacts, risks, and opportunities.
Hank Habicht, Source 44 Advisor, will be a general session speaker for “Environmental Innovation: Current Trends Shaping the Future of Environment Policy for the Retail Industry.” Habicht will discuss the future of green retail business and assess the effectiveness and impact of EPA programs and initiatives. The discussion will include a look at the current government climate and upcoming policies—and their impact on the retail industry.
Also at this year’s conference, Source 44 will be presenting the third in a series of industry-leading videos on product sustainability. The video outlines the expanded service offerings that the company has brought to market in the last 12 months, which include:
• Product Footprinting, the proprietary data their scientists collect on the footprint of a product;
• Source Gateway, a survey designed to determine the sustainability performance of every supplier in a supply chain
• SourceAlert, a service that monitors all the sustainability activities within a supply chain and alerts customers to potential environmental risks and social threats.
These offerings are delivered to clients via Source 44’s proprietary platform, Source Intelligence™
Leading up to the event, Source 44 will post updates on RILA’s blog, Retail Checkout, and on opening day, the company plans to debut “Supply Chain Sustainability”—
“This conference is about collaboration and credibility,”
“This is the right group of people making the right kinds of decisions and making an impact on the industry,” Fraser added.
About the Conference
The conference will be held October 12-14 at the Peabody Orlando Hotel in Orlando, FL, and brings together executives involved in establishing environmental programs and integrating green practices into their companies. The conference’s program will address the key operational aspects of environmental sustainability and compliance for the retail industry, including sessions on energy, waste management, water conservation, store operations, real estate development, supply chain issues, and opportunities for improving corporate social responsibility. In its fourth year, the conference truly has become the educational and networking forum for the who’s who of retail sustainability. For more information:
About Source 44
Source 44 delivers supply chain sustainability as a continuous flow of subscription services to meet your ever-changing product stewardship needs. We examine your supply chain through the lens of sustainability, and when we identify an opportunity or risk we alert you. Regardless of your products’ complexity, we deliver affordable technology, resources, creativity and expertise to rapidly improve your supply chain sustainability—
The Retail Industry Leaders Association is the trade association of the world’s largest and most successful retail companies, whose executives participate in RILA for its unique educational forums, its effective public policy advocacy, and its advancement of the retail industry.
For More Information
Source 44 LLC
Lauren Gambaccini, Marketing Communications Director
877. 916. MFDS (6337)
Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA)
Sandy Kennedy, President