Rivian hires Anisa Kamadoli Costa as first Chief Sustainability Officer
APRIL 14, 2022
APRIL 14, 2022
Rivian Automotive, Inc. (“Rivian”) today announced the hiring of Anisa Kamadoli Costa as the company’s Chief Sustainability Officer, effective April 18, 2022. Anisa most recently held the position of Chief Sustainability Officer at Tiffany & Co. and Chairman and President of the Tiffany & Co. Foundation. At Rivian, she will be responsible for the company’s sustainability roadmap for both the business and its products, and will help lead Forever, its philanthropic mission that includes the Rivian Foundation and Forever by Rivian, Inc., the social welfare organization that Rivian established at its initial public offering (“IPO”) with 1% of its pre-IPO equity – 8.3 million shares. Anisa is the company’s first Chief Sustainability Officer and will report directly to Rivian’s Chief Executive Officer, RJ Scaringe.
During her nearly two decades at Tiffany & Co., Anisa developed and led the company’s industry-leading, metrics-driven environmental, social and governance (ESG) agenda, and strategically aligned the company’s philanthropy with its sustainability priorities centered on responsible mining, the oceans, and land conservation. Under Anisa’s leadership, Tiffany & Co. consistently earned top sustainability ratings and was ranked #4 on Barron’s “Most Sustainable Companies” list in 2020, when the company was publicly traded. Anisa holds a bachelor’s degree from Barnard College and a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University, and completed Harvard Business School’s Program for Leadership Development.
"We could not be more thrilled to welcome Anisa to our leadership team,” says Rivian Chief Executive Officer RJ Scaringe. “Across the organization, she will help us integrate environmental and social impact into our decisions. The sustainability strategies we set today will have lasting influence on our company and our world, and Anisa's mindset positions her extremely well to lead and drive these critical activities."
Rivian anticipates achieving carbon neutrality by 2028 in its own operations – referred to as Scope 1 and 2 emissions by Greenhouse Gas Protocol, the world’s most widely used greenhouse gas accounting standards – and by 2032 for Scope 3 categories along Rivian’s full value chain, from suppliers to owner vehicle charging.
At Rivian, Anisa will be responsible for the company’s overall sustainability roadmap with a focus on climate and environment. She will oversee accounting of carbon emissions and other sustainability metrics, enabling data to be embedded into operations to inform decisions company-wide, including those about product design, manufacturing, energy and charging infrastructure, materials sourcing, responsible mining, and aggressive waste management. Anisa will drive progress in ways that holistically consider the social and environmental aspects of any course of action.
As an experienced philanthropic executive, Anisa will also help drive alignment between the company’s sustainability priorities and Forever’s grant-making dedicated to high-impact climate initiatives that include preserving and restoring wildlands, waterways, and oceans, and protecting the critical biodiversity needed for our planet’s long-term survival.
“Sustainability is at the core of Rivian’s mission and with this important addition to the leadership team, the company’s structure reflects that,” said Rose Marcario, board member and chair of the Planet & Policy Committee. “We’re giving the natural world, our communities and future generations a seat at the table, which is fundamental as we work to build a more livable world.”
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