Rivian has announced that effective Monday, Anisa Kamadoli Costa will serve as the company’s Chief Sustainability Officer. Costa comes from Tiffany & Co., where she held a similar role for over 20 years and “strategically aligned the company’s philanthropy with its sustainability priorities centered on responsible mining, the oceans, and land conservation.” Her efforts also helped the luxury retailer achieve the number four spot on Barron’s 2020 “Most Sustainable Companies” list. 

Costa will reportedly oversee Rivian’s overall sustainability plans and will also hold a leadership position in Rivian’s Forever foundation, which was created at the time of its IPO. Rivian said she will work on “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.”

Ultimately, Costa will focus heavily on environmental issues while helping Rivian meet its ambitious goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2028. She will seek to initiate “high-impact climate initiatives” through her work with the Forever program, which includes tasks like restoring oceans and wildlands. 

Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe said the company “could not be more thrilled” about Costa’s appointment and that “she will help [Rivian] integrate environmental and social impact into [its] decisions.” 

Along with completing a leadership course through Harvard Business School, Costa received a Master’s degree from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s degree from Barnard College.

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