Rivanna Natural Designs invites you to take a fresh look at the world of recognition awards and gifts.
"We believe products that express gratitude, reward performance, and celebrate excellence should harm neither the planet nor the people who create, purchase, or receive them. Rivanna Natural Designs started in 2001 with a simple objective: to create green jobs for refugees and others in our community who needed safe, meaningful, and rewarding employment.
Creating Green Jobs
"We began by consulting the experts. The Charlottesville, VA office of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) helped us understand the workplace needs of IRC's refugee clients. We started a small manufacturing company, accessible by public transportation, with flexible hours, training for non-English speakers, decent benefits, and living wages.
"To create green manufacturing jobs, we needed to make green products. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) provided the way forward. Sustainable forestry certification enabled us to formalize our commitment to the environment and be confident about the sources of our raw materials. Working with FSC's third-party certifier, Scientific Certification Systems, we received our FSC chain-of-custody certification in January 2002, months before we shipped our first product.
"We still partner with IRC, FSC, and SCS today, and are deeply grateful to them for their support."