EV-Maker Rivian Hires First Sustainability Chief From Tiffany & Co.
Rivian has hired long-time Tiffany & Co. executive Anisa Kamadoli Costa as the company’s first-ever Chief Sustainability Officer.
In this brand-new role, which reports directly to CEO RJ Scaringe, Costa will lead the electric vehicle (EV) company’s sustainability roadmap and guide Forever, a foundation supporting climate initiatives established at its IPO in November 2021.
Costa’s main priorities will be to oversee the accounting of sustainability metrics, such as carbon emissions. This data will then be used to inform company-wide decisions, including product design, manufacturing, energy and charging infrastructure, materials sourcing, responsible mining, and waste management.
“Across the organization, she will help us integrate environmental and social impact into our decisions,” Scaringe elaborated in the company's press release. “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."
Costa previously spent almost 20 years at Tiffany & Co., where she was most recently the iconic jewelry house’s Chief Sustainability Officer and the Chairman and President of the Tiffany & Co. Foundation.
While at Tiffany, Costa developed the company’s metrics-driven environmental, social and governance (ESG) agenda. Her leadership led the company to be ranked among the top ten on Barron’s “Most Sustainable Companies” list in 2020 and 2021.
Costa’s directly applicable experience establishing ESG operations and running a foundation in tandem with her corporate responsibilities will help her hit the ground running and help Rivian hit its climate goals. The EV-maker has committed to achieving carbon neutrality in its operations by 2028; after that, it hopes to ensure its full value chain, from suppliers to owner vehicle charging, is carbon neutral by 2032.