Rivanna Natural Designs, Inc.

Sustainable Plaques and Awards

Richmond, Virginia

United States


About Rivanna Natural Designs

Rivanna Natural Designs creates awards, plaques, and gifts made from FSC-certified woods, bamboo, recycled glass, and other planet-friendly materials. Rivanna began in 2001 with a simple objective: to create green jobs for refugees and others in Central Virginia who needed safe, meaningful, and rewarding employment.

We believe that products that express gratitude, reward performance, and celebrate excellence should honor – not harm -- the planet and the people who create, purchase, or receive them. We became a B Corp to reaffirm our commitment to this belief, to support others in the B Corporation community, and to learn how we can build better products, create a better workplace, and be a better community partner.

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The Change We Seek®

Unlike most award vendors, Rivanna designs and manufactures the majority of its products. This has enabled the company to control material inputs and outflows and adhere to an environmental standard significantly higher than the industry norm. Deeply committed to preserving the world’s forests, Rivanna obtained its chain-of-custody certification from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) prior to shipping its first product in 2002.

Rivanna respects natural systems and accepts responsibility for the effects of its actions on the environment. As a manufacturer, the company is keenly aware that its materials and processes have environmental impacts. The task is to minimize adverse impacts and, whenever possible, use restorative (as opposed to depletive) materials and methods of production.

Rivanna’s goal is to create more and better fair-wage jobs for people who most need them. Since 2001, Rivanna’s community partner in this effort has been the Charlottesville office of the International Rescue Committee, which provides valuable insights regarding how best to meet the employment and training needs of recently-arrived refugees.

Rivanna strives to bring fresh light and healthy air to a small corner of the awards industry with elegant, innovative designs that uphold the company’s commitment to planet and community. With the help of extraordinary and inspiring clients (now in 48 states), Rivanna Natural Designs plans to create more green jobs and find better ways to give back.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

July 2011

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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