Diversity and Inclusion

NRF is following the lead of the retail industry in ensuring that diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives remain a priority. Our efforts are focused on supporting retailers, including the 52 million American workers supported by the industry, and ensuring our own organization is leading by example. Efforts include:

  • Establishing a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Working Group for retail members to collaborate on best practices to ensure racial, ethnic and gender equity within the industry.
  • Facilitating monthly conference calls for the working group where benchmarking surveys and short- and long-term strategic goals and plans are discussed.
  • Convening an internal task force to celebrate and promote diversity, and build an inclusive culture of sincere respect and belonging. 
  • Surveying retail companies to understand their current D&I priorities and challenges and to provide benchmarks on the processes and programs they have in place to promote a diverse workforce.

Latest from the industry

Maya Angelou Mattel
Barbie honors Maya Angelou
The doll joins Mattel’s “Inspiring Women” series in honor of Black History Month.
Macy’s and Sephora commit to diversity and inclusion initiatives
Retailers are following through on last summer’s 15 Percent Pledge.
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NRF Member Spotlight: Designer Brands
The company strengthens its commitment to diversity and inclusion with cultural assessments and philanthropic efforts.
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Nordstrom’s playbook for fostering diversity and inclusion
Retail Gets Real episode 233: Taking DE&I efforts to the next level.
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Law Summit
General counsels embrace role in diversity as NRF holds first Retail Law Summit
Topics included ethics, ecommerce, privacy and ESG issues.
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Converge session
NRF Retail Converge: Day 1 Highlights
Discussions on diversity, meeting consumers and investing in people.
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