Rivanna's Commitment to Community
We donate 2% of sales to charity. And that's not all.
Starting at the Top
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a call to action that we take seriously. As a business, we have a responsibility to leave no one behind in the face of global challenges that threaten our planet and community. To that end, we are using the SDG Action Manager to establish our goals and measure our progress. As a Certified B Corp, we are long accustomed to accounting for and disclosing our social and environmental impacts through our B Impact Report. With 17 goals to consider, much of our work is centered on Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere.
2% Annual Giving
We donate 2% of annual sales to nonprofits fighting for social and environmental justice. At least half of our donations are via the 1% for the Planet network. The other contributions (cash or in-kind) are through our Awards for All program. To encourage the practice of voting, we ask each member of our team to vote each quarter for projects they would like us to support.
Community service is a priority for us. Each member of our team receives three days of paid community service leave per year to participate in volunteer work. We track volunteer hours to encourage participation.
Refugee Employment & Training
We are grateful to our community partner, the International Rescue Committee of Charlottesville and Richmond, for providing valuable insights regarding how best to meet the employment and training needs of recently arrived refugees. At work in 42 countries, the IRC is committed to helping people uprooted by war, civil conflict, and oppression. In America, the IRC helps thousands of refugees resettle legally and rebuild their lives. We have worked with the IRC in Charlottesville and Richmond since 2001 and strongly recommend their employer services.
As a refugee employer, we've seen first hand the courage, resourcefulness, and resilience of those whose lives have been uprooted by war and persecution. We advocate for peace and tolerance, at home and abroad. We also advocate for climate policies that drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions and alleviate the effects of climate change on people with the least power and fewest resources.
Advocating for a Vibrant and Sustainable Economy
As a member of the American Sustainable Business Council, we advocate for policy changes to improve our world and enable business to be a force for good. Established in 2009, the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) is a network of businesses and business associations that have committed themselves to the triple bottom line of People, Planet, and Profit. ASBC advocates for policy change and informs business owners and the public about the need and opportunities for building a vibrant, sustainable economy. Through its national member network it represents more than 250,000 business owners, executives and investors from a wide range of industries. Learn more at join.asbcouncil.org.