We Are Committed to Change
At Sava, we are committed to helping end systemic racism in our society as well as inequity in the cannabis industry.
Over the past few months we’ve been developing the following initiatives that combine both long-term and short-term efforts, and that we hope go beyond performative action to support ongoing and lasting change. As things unfold, we will continue to update this blog post with our actions.
We commit to magnifying messages around ending racism and creating equity.
Through our email list and through our social channels, we will continue to have these conversations, share resources, and calls to action.
We commit to recognizing Juneteenth as a company holiday.
We encourage our employees to take the day to engage with this holiday and the history behind it. One resource to assist us all in doing so is HellaJuneteenth, an effort led by Hella Creative, that focuses on tapping into their network of influential business leaders and challenges them to push for the celebration of Juneteenth to be a business priority and a national holiday.
We commit to donating money to organizations working to repair damages done by the war on drugs.
Through ongoing, regular financial contributions we will use money we are making in the cannabis industry to work towards healing from the negative consequences of the War on Drugs, something that disproportionately affects Black and Brown people.
On the first of every month Sava will hold a fundraising drive where we’ll donate $10 from every order to an organization that meet the following criteria.
Giveback Organization Criteria
Is the organization led by members of the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous People of Color) community?
Is this a grassroots organization (Community-driven, locally organized, tapped into the community)?
Is there transparency around how the funds are distributed?
Does the organization have a focus that falls within one of our target areas?
Has the organization confirmed being able to accept money from a cannabis company?
Sava Target Areas
As a wellness-oriented cannabis IT company, our givebacks will support organizations working to create equity in the following areas.
Repairing harms done by the war on drugs
Remedying disparities in wellness and healthcare
Diversifying the cannabis and IT industries
So far we’ve raised funds for the following organizations:
TGI Justice Project is a group of transgender, gender variant and intersex people—inside and outside of prisons, jails and detention centers—creating a united family in the struggle for survival and freedom.
The Okra Project seeks to address the global crisis faced by Black Trans people by bringing home cooked, healthy, and culturally specific meals and resources to Black Trans People wherever we can reach them.
The Bail Project is an unprecedented effort to combat mass incarceration at the front end of the system by paying bail for people in need, reuniting families and restoring the presumption of innocence.
We Got the Vote, lead by the FRRC (Florida Rights Restoration Coalition) is a grassroots, membership organization run by Returning Citizens (Formerly Convicted Persons) who are dedicated to ending the disenfranchisement and discrimination against people with convictions, restore voting rights, and creating a more comprehensive and humane reentry system that will enhance successful reentry, reduce recidivism, and increase public safety.
We commit to offering anti-racism training to our staff on an ongoing basis.
We as founders and we as a company will engage in the work of looking at where we can improve, and believe formal training will help with that.
We are holding our first training this September in partnership with Kristina Williams of Unpacking. Unpacking is on a mission to educate, equip, and entrust everyday people in the collective responsibility to end racism.
We commit to actively creating shelf space for BIPOC-owned brands.
As a queer, woman, white, Latina - owned company, there are ways in which we’ve done well at creating balance on our shelves, such as our commitment to always having half of the brands be women-owned or our selection of queer-owned brands. However, we see that when it comes to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)-owned brands we only have a handful, and we need to do better.
We commit to proactively seeking out BIPOC-owned brands to create greater equity on our shelves and overall balance in the cannabis industry.
You can now sort by BIPOC-owned brands in our shop.
We would also like to see more of these brands enter the space and succeed, which leads to our next commitment.
We commit to offering mentorship and apprenticeship to BIPOC founders coming into the industry.
Over the years, we’ve gained a wealth of knowledge about how to launch a brand and start a cannabis company, and we’d like to share that with people getting their start.
We have partnered with Our Academy, a non-profit workshop, mentorship program, and open educational resource for social equity qualified applicants and other disproportionately impacted people by the war on drugs (i.e. refugees, immigrants, and the LGBTQ+ community). Sava is excited to participate by sharing our vast knowledge in an effort to grow the cannabis community in an equitable and repairative way.
We recognize that this is an ongoing conversation and welcome your thoughts and feedback.