Kannaway has always had a single mission: Make a positive difference in the world and in the lives of people.
Without justice and equal rights for all, there is no way we will be able to achieve this goal. As we have looked at the recent events and discussions that have been happening around the world, we recognize that this grief and outrage extends far beyond the most recent horrific events. It has also allowed us as a company to take a step back and look at how we as an organization need to improve.
As a company, we want to be clear: Black lives matter. No one should be marginalized or subjected to prejudice or violence because of their skin color.
While this has been a challenging couple of weeks, we believe these incredibly important events and uncomfortable conversations are necessary for addressing racial injustice against the Black community and other people of color in the United States. We all need to be a part of these crucial conversations if we’re going to successfully reimagine and achieve safety and equality for all.
At Kannaway, that begins with holding ourselves accountable. Things can only improve when we acknowledge something is wrong and commit to making a change. We recognize that we don't have the answers. We resolve to listen and learn. We concede that we need to increase our efforts to make sure that our community is one that welcomes and supports all people. To begin these improvements, Kannaway will:
- Create a leadership training program to help those joining Kannaway from the Black business community and empower Black entrepreneurs. Kannaway will offer mentoring by our very top producing Brand Ambassadors.
- Commit to ensuring businesses owned by Black and other entrepreneurs of color are more included in opportunities to be approved vendor partners
- Invite Black and other people of color to take a more prominent place in our marketing campaigns
- Invite local leaders from the Black community to come into our office once the pandemic is over to provide training and coaching on racial equality in the workplace
If you look at the history of Kannaway, we are a company that has stood for the betterment of humankind and for positive changes in society. This, however, cannot be limited to within the cannabis space. It must also be in the way that we all treat other people on this planet.
We urge the entire Kannaway community to be a part of the change that we want to see in the world. We hope you will join us in being a part of that change. It will only be better for all of us.