Riverford Organic Farmers

We are an organic farm and UK-wide organic vegetable box delivery company based in Buckfastleigh, Devon.
http://www.riverford.co.uk

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Riverford was founded by organic farmer Guy Singh-Watson in 1987. As one man with a wheelbarrow, he started delivering vegetables to 30 local homes in one of the UK's first veg-box schemes. Nowadays, Riverford grows, packs and delivers around 75,000 organic veg boxes each week to families nationwide who share its values of fairness and sustainability.

In June 2018, Devon-based Riverford became employee-owned. Guy sold the business to its staff for around a quarter of its market value, having recognised that its people are the ones who are the best custodians of its values. They are also the most competent to achieve the commercial success necessary to promote its ethos, so it stands to reason that they should reap the rewards.

Every employee now owns an equal share of Riverford and 10% to 20% of the company's annual profits go equally to each of them. The new governance structure includes a democratically elected staff council, representing all levels. The business, a newly listed Best Company to Work For, aims to be an outstanding place to work and this includes equal pay.

After becoming employee-owned, Riverford launched a transformative programme of cultural and management changes. From a wide range of learning and development opportunities to proactive wellbeing support – such as appointing mental health first aiders, free counselling, and wellness podcasts – the compamy is determined to help every single person there become the best possible version of themselves.

In 2020, Riverford became a certified B Corp, an accreditation that recognises the highest social and environmental business standards.

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My Company

92% of staff agreed

I feel proud to work for this organisation

Riverford gets good interest from potential employees via word of mouth. It does not incentivise referrals, but it does strive to be an exceptional place to work. In the most recent survey, 90% of co-owners said they would recommend it to friends and family.

Wellbeing

75% of staff agreed

I am happy with the balance between my work and home life

As a complex business, Riverford accepted one size can't fit all when fighting a virus. Social distancing was implemented immediately across all sites – including the reduction of face-to-face working and installing Perspex screens where 2m distancing was not achievable. Breaks were staggered and regular cleaning became even more of a priority.

Giving Something Back

85% of staff agreed

This organisation has a strong social conscience

Since April 2020 the company has gifted more than 53 tonnes of produce –around 670,873 portions of fruit and veg – to its four Devon-based charity partners, including foodbanks. The Peterborough farm donated over 260,000 portions a week to charities serving those in need and the Riverford restaurant gave 250 cooked meals during the second lockdown.

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