The National Cannabis Roundtable (NCR) is proud to pledge its commitment to fostering social justice, equity, and diversity in the cannabis industry. NCR’s Corporate Social Responsibility program is designed to address the injustices caused by the federal prohibition of cannabis. All NCR members have pledged to commit time, talent and financial resources to pursue social justice measures, equity in business and diversity and inclusion within their companies.
NCR members will begin 2020 assessing their internal practices – providing a baseline look at where they are today through the goals and activities outlined in the social responsibility pledge and develop targets for greater impact within their own operations.
NCR’s Corporate Social Responsibility Pledge can be viewed here.
Cannabis is one of the most exciting and promising industries of our generation and provides us with a real chance to create economic mobility for many individuals. The National Cannabis Roundtable’s launch of its Corporate Social Responsibility Program is the first real step to a meaningful commitment by the leading companies throughout our country. I applaud this effort and look forward to watching the impact it will have for deserving communities.
Every day I meet people whose lives have been destroyed due to punitive systems and massive incarceration caused by the criminalization of cannabis. It is time to “right some of the wrongs” and bring health and healing to some of these communities that have been disproportionately affected by cannabis criminalization and allow for opportunities of those members to participate in the significant opportunities and wealth that the industry is sure to allow. I commend the National Cannabis Roundtable and its members in its efforts to understand the challenges still being faced by these communities and offering pathways for employment, ownership, and restoration through its social impact investments.
In my lifetime, I will never see a multi-billion-dollar industry like cannabis which offers a real promise of equity and inclusion from the ground up. I’m excited and encouraged to see NCR and its members lead the charge by implementing a performance driven corporate social responsibility program aimed at advancing social justice, social equity, and diversity and inclusion.