HR Case Study

How Vita Coco Streamlines HR and Stays Compliant With Namely

  • Industry
    Food & Beverage
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Size
    231 employees

About Vita Coco

Vita Coco is the leading coconut water beverage brand, celebrated for bringing the benefits of coconuts to the world. Championed by informed consumers, health and wellness experts, pro-athletes and celebrities for its nutrient-rich hydration, Vita Coco’s portfolio now includes sparkling coconut water, coconut milk, coconut oil, and MCT oil. Vita Coco was co-founded in 2004 by CEO Mike Kirban and Ira Liran and is a part of All Market Inc., one of the world’s largest privately-owned better-for-you portfolio beverage companies. For more information, please visit vitacoco.com.

  • Vita Coco is headquartered in NYC and has global offices in London, Hong Kong, and Singapore.
  • In 2014, the company launched the Vita Coco Project—an initiative that strives to improve the livelihoods of farmers around the world by teaching them valuable farming techniques and providing their children with a proper education. To date, Vita Coco has built 27 classrooms for K-12 education, awarded over 60 scholarships, and positively impacted over 8,300 farmers through training programs.
Meet Adrian

Adrian Gajda, People Manager

Before entering the HR field, Adrian started his Vita Coco career in its Accounting department.

“After a couple of years working in Accounting at Vita Coco, I was asked to handle payroll internally for the company. From sitting alongside my colleagues in the HR office and listening to their daily conversations, I became intrigued by the field of Human Resources because it offered a chance to improve the lives of our employees. In conjunction with Vita Coco’s Director of People, we convinced our CFO to let me start picking up some HR related projects and tasks. Five years later, I’m the People Manager at Vita Coco and haven’t looked back since.”

Vita Coco’s Challenges

Before implementing Namely, Vita Coco was searching for a streamlined, centralized HR solution.

“Some of the challenges that we faced in past HR systems dealt with the lack of interactivity between key HR features, such as time off, attendance, performance reviews, and even some of our benefits, like 401k, health, and dental plans. We never had a one-stop-shop to access all of those important features that employees rely on.”

Since a huge part of Adrian’s day-to-day involves running reports, he found it cumbersome and time-consuming to gather employee and company data across multiple, disparate HR solutions.

“A key part of my job is creating stories about our employee data. HR systems are full of employee data, and we use that data everyday to make decisions around turnover, attrition, and other important metrics. Old, antiquated HR systems don’t have the ability to run reports and give us that data in a way that would benefit our company.”

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The Solution

The ROI of Using Namely

From its intuitive interface to its seamless reporting features, Namely’s platform has simplified Adrian’s day-to-day—and his employees’ experience, too.

“Namely has been a tremendous help in beefing up our compliance efforts here at Vita Coco.”

Compliance Plus

When it comes to staying compliant, Adrian doesn’t have to worry about missing deadlines or violating regulations with Namely’s compliance solution, Compliance Plus.

“I use Compliance Plus all the time. The solution links us to a huge database of state and federal laws that I’m able to access with a simple click of a button. Compliance is more important now in today’s world than ever before, and Namely gives us access to all the guidelines that are in place that we need to adhere to. Just having a plethora of materials related to compliance in one location makes it easy for me to get all the answers to my questions.”

In particular, Adrian has valued Compliance Plus during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“COVID-19 came at us quickly, but Compliance Plus has helped us stay up to date with federal, state, and local guidelines. The solution has also helped us understand the legal lingo involved in the legislation that’s been passed by Congress.”

Overall, Compliance Plus has helped Adrian and his team keep up in the fight to stay compliant, while also saving them valuable time.

“Compliance Plus has saved us eight hours a week that we used to spend on research and interpretation work. If you find yourself constantly ‘googling’ around for compliance measures or frequently reaching out to legal departments in order to understand legislature, Compliance Plus will give you that time back.”

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“Namely is a one-stop-shop for analytics, time off, performance reviews, benefits, and compliance—made for the 21st century.”


“Namely provides all the resources you need to lay down the groundwork for your HR strategy. Your employees will thank you for not having to navigate between 3 to 4 different HR vendors. As an HR leader, it’s also important that you are well versed in compliance measures. Namely makes that easy by providing you with all the materials you need in one accessible location. The time that Namely has saved us is unprecedented.”

Vita Coco is one of more than 1,400 companies that use Namely to streamline people operations, payroll, benefits, and time & attendance needs.