Revolutionary Clinics strives to be a company that contributes to the well-being of our planet. Whether using biodegradable or recyclable packaging, minimizing the environmental impact of our operations, supporting our employees and EE businesses, or investing in our communities, Rev Clinics seeks to be a responsible company and community partner. As part of our Massachusetts effort to embody this ideal, we have developed an approach to conducting business that seeks to uphold the following principles and responsibilities of good corporate citizenship.
BARBARA VANHOOSEN, CANNA-MOM, WORKING BEHIND OUR TEMPERED GLASS HEALTH-SAFETY BARRIERS AT OUR SOMERVILLE LOCATION.
Fitchburg’s Cultivation Team.
PRIORITIZING OUR PEOPLE
The happiness, wellness and safety of our employees are top priorities. Throughout the year, we host a number of employee activities that bring us all together. Our summer and holiday parties are highlights, but we also enjoy smaller gatherings within our various departments.
We want all of our employees to perform to their highest potential, so we provide a range of benefits and programs to help them be successful, safe and secure:
- Health & Dental Insurance, with 65% subsidized by Revolutionary Clinics
- Pay above the industry average and the U.S. living wage, as well as premium pay during COVID 19
- Steep employee discounts
- Educational sessions including:
- Medical cannabis knowledge
- Mindfulness training to help cope with COVID-19
- Scheduled discussions around matters of race
- Unconscious Bias training
- Safety measures, including:
- Mandatory curbside pick-up for employee and patient safety during the Covid-19 pandemic
- Tempered glass barriers between our patient advocates and customers
Rev Clinics Team in Central Square.
Rev Clinics Team in Fresh Pond.
FOSTERING DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
Committing to diversity, equity and inclusion has become especially relevant in the Massachusetts cannabis industry, where much attention has been paid to achieving greater equity, with mixed results. We value diversity, equity and inclusion and believe that fostering an inclusive culture and diverse workforce with equity for all enhances the wellbeing of our employees while improving the performance of our business. In fact, 63% of our retail employees are comprised of women and/or individuals from underrepresented populations. Our retail establishments employ people of color at our highest managerial positions. And 100% of our employees are paid above the U.S. living wage.
The legal cannabis industry can and should right the wrongs of the war on drugs, and Rev’s continued commitment to diversity is a natural evolution of that belief.
Rev Clinics has numerous company mandates and action items for 2020 to support diversity, equity and inclusion throughout our operations.
- Ensure the products we sell and services we provide are inclusive of and available to a diverse customer base, with special attention paid to medical needs, cultural preferences and financial barriers
- Ensure an inclusive workplace and diverse representation throughout the organization
- Provide opportunities for women and people of color to enter the industry with a clear pathway to management, leadership and ownership
Action Items being implemented in 2020
- Establish a patient health advisory board that includes women, people of color and people with disabilities to provide diverse perspectives on product development, testing and accessibility
- Continue to sponsor “Street Certified” discounted medical card certification events taking place in areas of disproportionate impact
- Create a vendor policy aimed at hiring vendors from areas of disproportionate impact
- Continue to ensure pay equity across the organization
REV STAFF PITCHING IN TO HELP OPEN “STEM” IN HAVERHILL, ONE OF MASSACHUSETTS FEW ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT LICENSED SHOPS
Andrew Elk educating the masses about our brands.
SUPPORT FOR ENTREPRENUERS & MWBE
Revolutionary Clinics is proud to do our part in promoting the growth of minority and women-owned businesses in the cannabis industry.
We are currently working with local Economic Empowerment (EE) Candidates and leaders within Massachusetts to create the state’s most comprehensive mentorship program. With this program, current cannabis business owners in Massachusetts will mentor Economic Empowerment applicants, primarily minority, women and veterans who are attempting to acquire a license to conduct business in the local cannabis industry. Through ongoing scheduled sessions, this program will help EE applicants navigate the complexities of starting and operating a cannabis business in Massachusetts.
As of March 2020, Massachusetts only has one Economic Empowerment Priority business operating in the state. This program will stimulate growth of Economic Empowerment businesses by providing more education and facilitating more opportunity in the cannabis industry for members of disadvantaged/targeted communities.
We expect this program to launch in the fourth quarter of 2020
Rev Clinics’ Aspire program was developed by our wholesale team to share what we know in order help new EE businesses get off the ground. The Massachusetts cannabis business space has its unique set of challenges, and our goal is to help ease some of the burdens and uncertainties that lie ahead for business owners and their staff. To this end, Aspire offers:
- Advice and consultation on POS, sales platforms and compliance software
- Extended terms on wholesale products for a new company to find sure footing in the early stages of operations
- Product display plans for maximizing customer engagement to increase sales and product turnover
- Merchandising assistance via a Rev Clinics merchandiser who will provide tips on best utilizing retail space
- Sales metrics from our own dispensaries to help new businesses understand what their optimal inventory mix should be
- Staff training performed on-site by our Training & Development Manager. Tailored and focused for each client, we provide insight into best practices and product guidance with our Cannabis 101 program.
REV CLINICS EXTRACTION TEAM MAKING A BATCH OF HAND SANITIZER WHICH WAS DONATED TO AREA HOSPITALS.
We celebrated 420 by donating meals to those on the frontlines of COVID-19.
INVESTING IN OUR COMMUNITY
Revolutionary Clinics values the people and communities where we do business.
We work with and fund a number of organizations in our communities to help support underserved populations and enact positive change. These organizations include Margaret Fuller House, Somerville Homeless Coalition, East Somerville Main Streets, The Welcome Project and Somerville Community Corporation. We were also major contributors to the [Cambridge] Mayor’s Disaster Relief Fund to help offset the economic impact of COVID-19.
We recognize that the systematic oppression that people of color constantly endure requires substantial changes in our society. We also recognize that calling for change is not enough; we must be part of the solution. In light of this, we have donated to the George Floyd Memorial Fund, Minnesota Freedom Fund, Campaign Zero, Black Visions Collective, The Last Prisoner’s Project and the National Bail Fund Collective.
As financial contributions alone cannot bring the necessary reforms, we have also encouraged our staff to purchase and expense educational books, including Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s “Stamped from the Beginning” and Dr. Joy Degruy’s “Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome” – in an effort to heighten education and awareness of racial injustice.
A FLOWER ROOM IN FITCHBURG.
INSPECTING REV’S 19 GEOTHERMAL WELLS USED TO COOL OUR LED LIGHTING AND HVAC SYSTEMS.
PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT
Rev Clinics is working to be as efficient as possible when it comes to protecting the earth’s natural resources. Nearly 100% of our packaging is biodegradable, recyclable or made from post-consumer waste. Plus, our grow and production facility, housed in a retrofitted industrial and educational building built in 1893, is a model of sustainability. Its vast array of eco-friendly systems includes:
- A geothermal heat pump system for heating and cooling, meaning energy consumption is largely from electricity
- A fully integrated lighting, HVAC, and controls solution with liquid-cooled LED light fixtures to substantially reduce energy consumption
- Handheld and permanently installed light meters to measure actual PPFD and provide feedback to the HVAC and lighting controls systems
- Liquid-cooled lighting systems that remove most waste heat generated by light fixtures, reducing the amount of cooling required to maintain a target indoor environmental condition
- Fan-cooled water-to-air heat exchangers to reject waste heat directly to outside air, reducing the need for energy inputs to cool cultivation spaces
- A plant irrigation system using drip irrigation and automated fertigation to prevent water waste
- Off-site composting for green waste
As we continue to grow, our commitment to protecting the environment will remain steadfast in all our product and operational decisions.