Indigenous Designs Corporation

Organic, Fair Trade Apparel

Sebastopol, California

United States


Founded in 1994, INDIGENOUS makes clothing that honors both people and the planet. They are a leader in organic and fair trade clothing. Their clothing supports thousands of artisans in the most remote and impoverished regions of the world and uses the finest organic materials and traditional skills passed down over thousands of years.

We feel like the values and aspirations of B Corporation are very closely aligned with our own. As market pioneers of organic, fair trade clothing, we strive to continually innovate and raise standards for sustainable and social enterprises. We feel like B Corporation can help us achieve those goals and vice versa.

At INDIGENOUS, they believe their business activity should have a positive affect on all the communities they touch. From their beginnings over a decade ago, they have held themselves accountable to make the choices that honor both people and the planet. This means respecting the culture and traditions of artisans around the world with fair trade practices, using only natural and organic fibers and being conscious of their business practices at home. They have seen firsthand how their choices can make a big difference for those communities involved in creating their clothing.They believe that eco-fashion is defined not just by the use of organic cotton or other natural fibers but by the use of fair trade labor practices in every step of the supply chain. 

The Change We Seek™

INDIGENOUS is changing the way business is done in global apparel through a ground-breaking socioeconomic trade model. We encourage indigenous peoples to get organized and help them obtain the funding, organic certifications and access to global markets necessary to elevate them to world-renowned status.

We are proud to be part of the partnership which continues to elevate knitting and hand looming artisan cooperatives in some of the poorest regions of South America. We allocate more of our production cost to the artisan than typical conventional textile companies. This means the artisan makes a fair, living wage well above what they might earn working independently. In addition, we partner directly with non-governmental organizations and others that provide training, educational materials, and equipment that otherwise could not be afforded.

The green energy obtained from the Solar Living Institute—located just 50 miles from Indigenous' Santa Rosa, California headquarters is projected to offset over 33 tons of CO2 emissions generated over the next two years and prevent the sequestration of roughly 4,300 trees.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

May 2007

Company Score

Median Score*



The Environment section of the Assessment evaluates a company's environmental performance through its facilities; materials, resource, and energy use; and emissions. Where applicable, it also considers a company's transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. This section also measures whether a company's products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure, or consult to solve environmental problems.



The Worker section of the survey assesses the company's relationship with its workforce. This section measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities provided to workers. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility and corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.



The Customers section of the Assessment measures the impact a company has on its customers. The section focuses on whether a company sells products or services that promote public benefit, and if those products/services are targeted towards serving underserved populations. Questions in this section will measure whether a company's product or service is designed to solve a social or environmental issue (e.g. improves health, preserves environment or creates economic opportunity to individuals or communities, promotes the arts/sciences, or increases the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises).



The Community section of the survey assesses a company's impact on its community. The Community section evaluates a company's supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. The section also measures the company's practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. In addition, this section includes if a company's product or service is designed to solve a social issue, including access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity, arts, and increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises.



The Governance section of the Assessment evaluates a company's accountability and transparency. The section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.

Overall B Score

80 out of 200 is eligible for certification

*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment

*Median scores will not add up to overall

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Company Highlights: 

Environment: 100% fair trade organic clothing; Solar energy use saves 33 tons CO2 over next 2 years; Annual increase in percent of renewable energy used; Biannual increase in sustainable packaging; Incentives offered to encourage low-impact employee commutes

Workers: >50% employees share ownership; 75% employees offered tuition reimbursement

Community: 100% democratically governed supplier price controls; >40% suppliers majority owned by women or minorities; >90% Suppliers are Women/Minority owned; Builds direct and long-term relationships with Artisans producers >5% company owned by nonprofit

2014 Best for the World Overall Honoree

2014 Best for the World Environment



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