Vitae Civilis has been given public regognition due to it’s initiatives in favour of the sustainability of development processes, having received the following awards:
- In September 2003, AGUA - Associação dos Amigos e Moradores do Bairro Guapiruvu, located in Sete Barras, in the state of São Paulo, within the Vale do Ribeira region, payed homage to Vitae Civilis, giving the couple Dra. Gemima Cabral Born and Dr. Rubens Born (VC’s executive director), respectively, a plaque honoring them for their support to the strenghthening of the community through the Local Agenda 21 process and projects associated to medicinal plants, agroforestry and eco-tourism.
- The inclusion, in 2000 of Vitae Civilis in the list containing Brazil’s 400 biggest not for profit entities, published in the book entitled: Philanthropy 400 - The philanthropy guide made by Fundação Kanitz & Associados.
- Henry Ford Award (Official praise - 1997) by Conservation International of Brazil and Ford Brazil, for VC’s promising initiative and for the potential of the project named Da Mata à Casa.
- Ally Awards Prize, from Rainforest Alliance (1997), for VC’s effective and dedicated work regarding tropical forests’ protection.
- Prizes and Tributes - PNBE (Pensamento Nacional das Bases Empresariais) has granted a Citizenship Prize to Dr. Rubens Born, Vitae Civilis’ executive director, in December 2006 within the following category: the year’s Environmentalist. The Award’s 15th Edition values ethics, innovation and the engagement in social, economic, political and environmental issues in Brazil. The award’s ceremony was held at Museu de Arte Moderna (Modern Art Museum), located within Parque Ibirapuera (Ibirapuera Park) in São Paulo, on the 13th of December 2006. PNBE awarded 7 other people, among them: Washington Novaes, who received an award in the Journalistic category. The jury was composed by members of the civil society and PNBE. M Gaines Campbell III, VC’s counselor and Dina Correa da Silva, both members of ANAP - Associação Nascentes de Águas Puras, were honoured by Comitê de Bacia Hidrográfica do Rio Ribeira de Iguape e Litoral Sul (CBH-RB), during the Committee’s 10th anniversary ceremony. They both once were CBH-RB vice-presidents.
- The Project Ecotourism in São Lourenço da Serra: income generation and environmental preservation accomplished by Vitae Civilis Institute was awarded with the Top Social Prize da Associação dos Dirigentes de Vendas e Marketing do Brasil (ADVB). It’s the Award’s 10th Edition, in which 203 projects competed and 23 won. Twenty companies were awarded, among them the Brazilian energy company Petrobras, which had two of it’s actions chosen, one of them regarding the support given by the Citizenship and Development Program to Vitae Civilis’ Ecotourism Project in São Lourenço da Serra.