The decision to create the non-profit Rhino Foods Foundation has been in the making for over five years. As we began to see our efforts in spreading Rhino Foods’ Income Advance Program to other businesses materialize, we became more dedicated to the idea of a foundation. Since our program’s inception a decade ago, we’re not only seeing impact in Vermont, but nationwide, along with encouraging partnerships developed with the FINRA Foundation and Filene Research Institute. Since inception, we’ve shared how to implement Income Advance on our website and encouraged companies to reach out with questions. We also speak at HR events, government and business conferences, and provide interviews for news organizations nationally.
Our involvement with B Lab lent further impetus to our decision to move to a more long-term strategic effort to spread our innovative workplace practices. Rhino Foods’ purpose of “impacting the manner business is done” and B Lab’s mission of “business as a force for good” are so aligned. The cooperation and collaborative energy between our two organizations in the last two years sparked and motivated me and others at Rhino. Together we realized using B Lab’s talents and experience spreading a movement along with their B Corps’ willingness to share innovative programs and initiatives is a powerful combination.