The Washington Retail Association (WR) was formed in 1987 by retailers committed to advancing and safeguarding the well-being of their industry. Today we represent more than 4,000 storefronts statewide – from large national chains to small independent shops – that reflect a diverse community of employees and customers.

WR is committed to the principles of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion.  We strive to create a safe, welcoming environment in which these principles can thrive.

We value all people regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, identity, sexual orientation, nationality or disability and that is the foundation of our commitment to those we serve.


  • We seek Justice to identify and remove systemic barriers and disadvantages, opening access to resources and opportunities.
  • We are committed to Equity so that each individual can grow and thrive. An individual’s race, personal background, or individual characteristics from a statistical sense, should no longer predict their life outcomes.
  • Through Diversity we seek to reflect our community, encompassing the broad tapestry of people, life experiences and perspectives.
  • Through Inclusion we are determined to amplify each person’s voice and eliminate biases regardless of their abilities, background or experience.