Corporate Social Responsibility Front And Centre At World Cannabis Congress

Saint John, NB (June 17, 2019) – Waste-reduction initiatives and carbon off-setting have been at the forefront of planning for the World Cannabis Congress, which got underway today.

“Being aware of how our business impacts society, our communities and stakeholders, and the environment is a priority for Civilized,” says Derek Riedle, Publisher of Civilized and Host of the World Cannabis Congress. “It’s top of mind when we plan our events and it’s why we’re a proud Founding Member of the Global Cannabis Partnership – a partnership of organizations raising the bar with respect to CSR in the legal cannabis industry.”

Wherever possible, digital applications are replacing paper materials. Instead of a printed agenda, an informational mobile app, WCC 2019, was created for delegates to download and use for the duration of the conference. The app, sponsored by Revolution Strategy, includes the full conference agenda (including detailed session information), links to the speaker biographies and sponsors, interactive maps, a notes section, a private messaging function, a Twitter feed, and push notifications for updates and reminders.

Traditional cloth delegate bags filled with sponsored paper products and swag have also been eliminated. Chartered shuttles, with seating up to 55 people, to and from the Saint John Airport are being used instead of individual taxi cabs to reduce carbon emissions. A condensed, printed agenda will be included inside delegate lanyards with provisions for recycling the paper products provided at the conclusion of the Congress.

The Congress has also instituted a ban on unnecessary plastic; metal cutlery will be used, along with biodegradable paper straws and bamboo stir sticks. Pitchers of water and glasses are replacing plastic bottled water whenever possible.

Saint John Chamber of Commerce CEO David Duplisea commended conference organizers for recognizing the importance and need for sustainable and responsible practices. “The WCC has involved all parts of our community in its planning by using local suppliers. Thanks to the vision and commitment of the Civilized team, the event will have a lasting economic impact on the community without the associated environmental footprint.”

The WCC will also feature a panel discussion on social responsibility in the cannabis industry, which will be followed by an announcement made by the Global Cannabis Partnership (GCP).

The GCP is creating an international standard for the safe and responsible production,
distribution and consumption of legal recreational cannabis. Civilized is proud to be Lifestyle and Entertainment Media Partner with the GCP. More information about the GCP can be found here.


The World Cannabis Congress:
The World Cannabis Congress brings together the world’s most influential executives, researchers, investors and thought leaders to exchange views on business, innovation and policy development in the rapidly evolving global cannabis industry. Established in 2018, the conversations and connections made at Congress are vital to the advancement and de-stigmatization of cannabis in modern culture worldwide. For more information, visit:

About Civilized Worldwide Inc.:
Civilized is the leading lifestyle brand and multiplatform media company that connects millions of cannabis consumers, influencers and the canna-curious with both niche and mainstream content, events and experiences, and fashion. With operations in both Canada and the United States, Civilized makes original, premium digital content, television and podcasts; builds brands; and creates and produces world-class events and experiences for B2B and B2C audiences. Founded by entrepreneur Derek Riedle, Civilized is fast becoming the partner of choice for mainstream brands, and the cultural authority on the exploding global cannabis space. For more information, visit

Media Contact:
Kate Guest
Director, Communications

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