NRF Statement on Climate Change

NRF members are addressing climate change

Driven by longstanding consumer and investor interest and scientific consensus, many NRF members believe climate change demands action and have been addressing climate change as one of their strategic priorities for years. NRF supports member efforts to address climate change.

  • NRF members have been making significant investments in their operations, products, buildings and services for more than two decades that address climate change and other sustainability priorities and improve efficiency. Our members are working to reduce their direct impacts on climate change by lowering their energy use, transitioning to cleaner and renewable energy sources, increasing recycling rates, reducing waste and addressing other opportunities that they directly control. They are also sharing progress in annual sustainability reports.
  • Recognizing that 90 percent or more of retail-related climate impacts are Scope 3 emissions that are outside the industry’s direct control, NRF members are working individually and collaboratively with supply chain partners to support their efforts to reduce adverse impacts throughout the retail industry’s complex and diverse global supply chains.
  • NRF members have made significant strides and developed powerful tools and programs to address climate change while continuing to provide high-quality, affordable and more sustainable products to empower consumer-driven responses to climate change. They will continue doing so.

NRF position on climate policy

No effort to address climate concerns will be successful without individuals, businesses, communities, nonprofit organizations and governments around the world working collaboratively to prevent, mitigate and adapt to climate change. The only effective, long-term solution will leverage market forces and U.S. and international government support to transition to a science-based, net-zero global economy. NRF will continue to support and accelerate broad and collaborative efforts and advance pragmatic, cost-effective, economy-wide climate policy solutions and practices. This includes ongoing support for market-based incentives to decarbonize the energy and transportation sectors; improve the energy efficiency of buildings, facilities, and products; modernize and expand recycling infrastructure; and support investments in net-zero research and development activities.