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Sustainable Brands and RILA Announce Conference Partnership

SAN FRANCISCO, October 4, 2016 – Sustainable Brands® recently announced a strategic partnership with Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA). RILA will merge its sustainability-focused conference with Sustainable Brands to produce a dedicated program track at SB’17 Detroit focused on sustainability-led innovation in the retail sector.

Our mission at Sustainable Brands is to shift the world to a sustainably flourishing future. This strategic partnership merges two events into one creating a stronger gravitational pull for our two communities to share insights, collaborate more fully and boost the level of impact needed to inspire and enable positive change,” states KoAnn Vikoren Skryzniarz, founder of Sustainable Brands. “Retailers and their brand customers can now be better poised to accelerate momentum towards finding solutions to the business challenges that require the shift in thinking needed to positively reshape 21st century economies.”

Adam Siegel, RILA’s senior vice president for research, innovation, and sustainability believes that “the partnership will provide retailers with the best of both worlds – access to high quality retail content, as well as exposure to practices of leading businesses in other industries and from around the world. We see much alignment in the program goals of our respective conferences and partnering to develop a single event seemed like a natural next step in our evolution.”

The largest global peer community of brand leaders and sustainability practitioners focused on advancing brand value creation through sustainability-led innovation is heading to Detroit, Michigan in 2017. RILA members will now join the community at the Cobo Center, May 22-25th for a global dialog about how to collectively Redefine the Good Life. The gathering will highlight ideas and companies who are redefining new global societal aspirations that point toward a sustainable future. A dedicated retail-specific conference track will focus on how global brands and disruptive innovators are delivering customer-facing product and service solutions in the retail sector.

Sustainable Brands conferences convene business and brand leaders to share challenges and successes face-to-face throughout the year and across the globe. The goal is to move the global community from awareness of the issues and opportunities presented by today’s pressing social and environmental challenges, to engagement and commitment to address them – ultimately leading to co-creation of solutions that positively impact 21st century economies. SB events are now held in 11 cities across 6 continents. More information about global events can be found at

Further information about RILA can be found at Information about SB’17 Detroit can be found at


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