Economic Social Development
We promote equality and social justice through cannabis.
Global inequalities are huge and present one of the biggest obstacles to sustainable development and the fight against poverty. Inequality within many countries has been increasing in recent years. Inequalities limit the opportunities to participate in the life of social groups and to make a significant contribution to social, cultural, political and economic life" (Sustainable Development Goal 10). With an estimated turnover of between 75 and 100 billion dollars by 2030, cannabis will become a key player in the global economic landscape, and will be able to contribute positively to the reduction of inequalities, in particular by promoting the social and economic development of many depressed areas, in particular rural or disused industrial areas, or suburban areas. These are the areas inhabited by the "losers of globalisation", where the incidence of economic poverty and criminal density are higher, and marginalisation particularly affects young people.
Enecta's production model is aimed precisely at increasing the economic and social impact of cannabis through:
investment in depressed areas, and the creation of quality employment and income opportunities for particularly disadvantaged social groups (e.g. women, immigrants and refugees, the long-term unemployed, inhabitants of remote/internal/rural or suburban areas). To do this, in addition to cultivation, promote the construction of on-site laboratories and extraction facilities from 2020. This investment will multiply the profits from cultivated land by 10. In addition, promote the re-use of land and/or the processing of production waste, permanent and continuous work and sources of income for agricultural workers, currently seasonal; as well as the formation of cooperative structures able to redistribute profits.
The funding of social projects aimed at empowering the most marginalized communities, particularly in the areas where Enecta operates, focusing on education (especially skilling and re-skilling), and recreational and cultural activities. As well as the promotion of cooperation programmes outside Italian and European borders.
The experience of Castelvecchio Subequo
In 2017, following the approval of Law no. 242, Green Valley was established, a partner farm of Enecta with the aim of starting its own cannabis crops for the production of extracts, free of psychoactive substances.
Opportunities for young people: Reezo Academy
Combating school drop-out thanks to cannabis: the collaboration with Baumhaus, Bologna.
Enecta intends to focus, in the period 2020-21, on training, with particular attention to young people from marginalised backgrounds, in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals: "substantially reduce the proportion of unemployed young people, including through education or training" and "substantially increase the number of young people and adults with the necessary skills, including technical and professional skills, for employment, decent work and entrepreneurship" (Sustainable Development Goal 8).
Enecta has started a series of collaborations with Italian and foreign partners in order to develop programmes against early school leaving and community development, through vocational training courses focused on life skills and specific competences for the cannabis industry, aimed at young people from marginalized suburban contexts, at risk of dropping out of school, or from developing countries.
If you have projects, ideas, want to share experiences, or give us suggestions on how to improve our impact on patients, communities, and the environment, contact us!