On Episode 348 of Total Retail Talks, Editor Joe Keenan interviews Ali Mize, Director of Environmental and Social Governance (ESG), Membership and Corporate Philanthropy at Neiman Marcus Group, the portfolio of luxury brands including Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Last Call and Horchow. Listen to Mize discuss the release of Neiman Marcus Group’s first-ever ESG report, the collaborative effort required to produce the report, and why the retailer plans to produce its ESG report every year. She shares some of the highlights that emerged in this year’s report, as well as the ambitious sustainability goals the Neiman Marcus Group has set for itself by 2025.
Additionally, Mize discusses the implications of these goals for the Neiman Marcus Group’s business and the impact environmental and social initiatives can have on employee acquisition and retention as well as the customer experience. Finally, she explains how the Neiman Marcus Group holds itself accountable for achieving its ESG objectives.
Ali Mize is Director of ESG, Ownership and Corporate Philanthropy at Neiman Marcus Group, where she leads the company’s first environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategy and oversees the Heart of Neiman Marcus. Previously, she worked in corporate responsibility at JCPenney, Kentucky Distillers’ Association and Yum! Brands, collaborating with suppliers, regulators, investors and other technical stakeholder groups to drive positive social and environmental change in highly matrixed enterprises. Ali holds the Fundamentals in Sustainability Accounting (FSA) designation from the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) and a Masters in International Business from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University. She lives in Dallas with her husband John and her dog Daisy.