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2019 IMPACT ASSESSMENT

We launched RVL® with a vision to practice law in a way that positively impacts the world around us. We believe that the challenging work of Building Today's Companies for Tomorrow's Economies® goes hand-in-hand with positively impacting the environmental and social fabric of our community. Highlights from our 2019 impact assessment are included here, and we encourage review of our independent audit by B Lab.

B Lab Audit

Tennessee’s First Certified B Corp Law Firm

RVL® is Tennessee’s first and only Certified B Corp® law firm, and in 2018 and 2019 was named a Best for the World Honoree. We’ve been recognized for our commitment to triple-bottom-line business practices that consider not only profits, but also environmental and social impact as metrics for success. Every year, B Lab recognizes the top-performing B-Corps as those creating the greatest impact through their businesses. Honorees are recognized for having the highest environmental, community, customer, worker and overall impact by earning a score in the top 10% on the B Impact Assessment.
B Corp 2018 Honoree
B Corp 2019 Honoree

Tennessee’s Only 1% for the Planet Law Firm Member

RVL® is Tennessee’s only 1% for the Planet® member law firm, joining conscious capital companies like Patagonia® in donating at least 1% of all revenue to environmental nonprofits to support conservation and combat climate change. Our 2019 nonprofits partners include American Alpine Club, GreenSpaces, and Living Lands and Waters.
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We GIVE-10, meaning we donate at least 10% of our profits and dedicate 10% of our working time to environmental and social impact organizations. Our nonprofit partners are making the world a better place in many ways, and we’d like to highlight some of their programs here.

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

Access Fund

Our support of the Access Fund dates back to 2010, when attorney Kevin Christopher volunteered in developing a raptor management plan to prevent the closure of a popular California climbing area. In 2018, RVL® joined companies like ARC-TERYX®, Mammut®, and Rock & Ice Magazine® as a silver level corporate partner. The Access Fund is a national nonprofit promoting: climbing policy and advocacy; environmental stewardship and conservation; land acquisition and protection; and, education and safety. In addition to fiscal sponsorship, we provided pro bono support throughout the year to local affiliate Southeastern Climbers Coalition towards the introduction and environmental management of new crags.

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

Living Lands and Waters

We try to get our own hands dirty when it comes to cleaning up our public lands and waters; Sometimes that’s not enough. And living Lands & Waters is the cream-of-the-crop when it comes to river cleaning and tree planting. LL&W has removed over 10 million pounds of trash from rivers and has planted well over 1 million plants worldwide. If that isn’t enough, LL&W leads an invasive species removal project to remove non-native invasive species and replace them with native flora, all while leading a free student education program that educates our youth on the impact of the consumer goods lifecycle on our environment.

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

Mustard Seed Ranch

In 2017 and 2018 we sponsored the Mustard Seed for Mayhem event at Rich Froning’s Crossfit Mayhem. Mustard Seed Ranch (MSR) is a community-sponsored, interdenominational Christian ministry designed to take children out of unsafe environments and into loving, nurturing homes. Out of the social, emotional, intellectual and spiritual support each child receives, seeds of hope begin to take root. In time, each child becomes empowered to overcome limiting cycles of behavior and replace them with an understanding of God’s abundant purpose for their life.

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

green|spaces

Green|Spaces is a nonprofit based in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Its mission is to work toward regional sustainability by progressing the way people live, work and build in Chattanooga and the surrounding region. In 2019 RVL sponsored the Green Prix Goblin Run, where elementary school students apply STEM learning in a fun, competitive environment involving custom designed and engineered electric power race cars.