Center for Retail Compliance, National Association for Environmental Management partner over NAEM’s 2017 Environmental, Health, Safety (EHS) Management Forum

Arlington , VA, 2017-Apr-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Center for Retail Compliance (CRC) announced today ( 4/24/2017) a new partnership with the National Association for Environmental Management (NAEM) to ensure that a strong thread of retail-specific content will be on the agenda for NAEM’s 2017 Environmental, Health, Safety (EHS) Management Forum.

The Forum brings together environmental, health, and safety (EHS) and sustainability decision-makers for education, networking, and best practice discussions. The CRC is an initiative of the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) established in 2013 to provide retailers and industry stakeholders with access to retail-specific information, tools, and solutions pertaining to state and federal environmental regulations.

Together, the two organizations will provide Forum attendees programming relevant to EHS and sustainability professionals across all industries, including retail.

“We’re excited to partner with NAEM for the 2017 EHS Management Forum. We’re confident that, as the premier event for environmental, health, and safety and sustainability professionals, the Forum will provide our members a unique opportunity to discuss environmental compliance challenges with peers across other industries, while still offering the education and networking they valued from the RILA conference,” said Tiffin Shewmake, executive director of the CRC.

“Strengthening our Forum program to focus on issues that are relevant to retailers is a natural outgrowth of NAEM’s mission. We believe this strategic partnership with CRC will create a unique networking opportunity for our community and build a new path for future collaboration between our organizations,” said NAEM Executive Director Carol Singer Neuvelt.

NAEM’s EHS Management Forum, now its 25th year, will take place October 25-27 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The CRC will also host a meeting for retail environmental compliance professionals on October 24.

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.

Contact:

Christin Fernandez
Vice President, Communications
Phone: 703-600-2039
Email: christin.fernandez@rila.org

Source: RILA

RILA names Andrew Sousa as assistant director for the Center for Retail Compliance

Arlington , VA , 2017-Mar-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) announced today (3/28/2017) that Andrew Sousa has joined the association as assistant director for the Center for Retail Compliance and director at RILA. In this role, Sousa will manage RILA’s committee of retail environmental compliance professionals and develop comprehensive tools, content, and training to help retailers navigate environmental compliance regulations.

Sousa joins RILA from Canadian Tire Corporation, where he served on the risk & regulatory affairs team focusing on both compliance and product and chemical safety.

“Coming from a retail company and having a science background, Andrew brings a unique understanding of the challenges retailers face in the environmental compliance space,” said Tiffin Shewmake, executive director for the Center for Retail Compliance and vice president at RILA. “Andrew will play an integral role as we look to expand the CRC and its offerings for retailers, and we’re excited to have him on board.”

The Center for Retail Compliance was established by RILA in 2013 to provide retailers and industry stakeholders with access to retail-specific information, tools, and solutions pertaining to state and federal environmental regulations. To learn more, visit retailcrc.org.

Sousa officially started at RILA on March 13, 2017.

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.

Contact:
Christin Fernandez
Vice President, Communications
Phone: 703-600-2039
Email: christin.fernandez@rila.org

Source: RILA

Retail Industry Leaders Association appointments: Sue Pifer as the Vice President of Compliance and Tiffin Shewmake as the Director of the Center for Retail Compliance

Executives Will Be Tasked With Overseeing Completion Of Comprehensive Retail Industry Compliance Tool

Arlington, VA, 2014-9-19— /EPR Retail News/ — Today the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) announced the addition of two executives.  Sue Pifer will join the association as the Vice President of Compliance and Tiffin Shewmake as the Director of the Center for Retail Compliance (CRC).

“The experience and skills that Sue and Tiffin possess make them uniquely suited for delivering exceptional value to our member companies on a broad range of compliance issues. We are excited to have them join the RILA team,” said RILA President Sandy Kennedy.

Once completed, the CRC will be a comprehensive resource center for retail environmental compliance and sustainability information. The CRC will provide retailers and industry stakeholders with access to retail-specific information, tools and solutions pertaining to state and federal environmental regulations.

Pifer joins the association from Meijer, where she served as the Chief Compliance Officer, Legal & Compliance. In her new role, Pifer will be responsible for providing advice, counsel and leadership to a variety of significant compliance functions, including to the CRC, where she will focus on developing a system for vendor-retailer communication with the goal of enhancing environmental compliance.

In addition to her role with the CRC, Pifer will lead several key committees within the association, including the Internal Audit Committee and the Financial Leaders Council, comprised of senior-level audit and finance executives from America’s largest retailers.

Pifer holds a JD and LLM from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

Shewmake comes to RILA from Hitachi Consulting, where she was responsible for managing several government contracts focused on sustainable operations, compliance with environment regulations and the development of training programs.  Shewmake will lead the overall development of the CRC, managing a six million dollar budget with the goal of creating a self-sustaining entity within four years. She will also be responsible for the management of the CRC steering committee, working with retail environmental compliance executives to define the role of the CRC in the retail industry.

Shewmake holds a MS in Information Systems from George Mason University.

Both Pifer and Shewmake will report to RILA’s executive vice president and general counsel, Deborah White.

“Sue’s experience leading the compliance program of a major U.S. retailer will make her an outstanding resource for RILA’s member companies,” said White. “Sue’s experience along with Tiffin’s extensive project management experience and understanding of environmental regulatory structures make the two a remarkable team and a significant asset to RILA, the CRC and our members.”

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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Brian Dodge
SVP, Communications & State Affairs
Phone: 703-600-2017
Email: brian.dodge@rila.org