Congratulations to our 2020 CDG Award Winners!

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Change Maker Award 2020 Winner

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Good Neighbor Award
2020 Winner

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Love Your Planet Award
2020 Winner

2020 CDG Award Categories

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Good Neighbor

We believe cannabis has the opportunity to create political, social and economic benefits for communities, showcasing this industry as an authentic community asset. We recognize those companies implementing community engagement programs, encouraging volunteer hours, and meeting community need in new and thoughtful ways.
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Love Your Planet

Many cannabis companies are doing their best to reduce their carbon footprint, increase energy efficiency, and protect our water, air and soil systems. We acknowledge that going green isn’t always easy, made difficult by policy, sometimes cost prohibitive, and requires cooperation from the entire supply chain. We recognize those companies truly innovating in their business practices and going the extra mile to champion sustainability.

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Change Maker

We acknowledge cannabis prohibition was largely the foundation of the War on Drugs, designed to vilify people of color and the poor. We believe our industry has the opportunity (and the mandate) to support reparative efforts, seek justice, and challenge systems that uphold inequity. We recognize those companies increasing diversity in the sector and making significant impacts towards creating a more just and equitable society.

2020 CDG Nomination Overview

• Submissions Open: August 15th, 2020
• Submissions Close: November 21st, 2020
• Judging will take place November 2020
• Winners will be announced in January 2021. Date and details TBD.
• No entry fee
• National and international candidates may apply.
• Applicants may apply for multiple categories.

2020 CDG Awards Nomination Forms

Award nominations are now closed. Winners will be announced next month. Stay tuned!

2020 CDG Awards FAQ​

Any cannabis industry business that feels they are “doing good” or have a CSR program. Businesses that can enter but are not limited to: 
  • Medical
  • Recreational
  • Products/Brands (edibles, sublinguals, vape, etc.)
  • Hemp
  • Cultivation  
  • Legal
  • Marketing
  • Public Relations
  • Media
  • Compliance
  • Packaging
  • Other Ancillary not specifically identified

All applications must be submitted by October 31st, 2020.

Good Neighbor
  • This award aims to recognize those companies making an outstanding contribution in community engagement and outreach.
Change Maker 
  • This award recognizes those companies making meaningful efforts to champion or include racial justice and equity initiatives, either within the industry, within business operations (recruitment, hiring, training and/or outreach), or with an outside of the industry racial justice effort.
Love Your Planet
  • This award aims to recognize those companies measurably implementing sustainability practices within their business operations or facility.

Cannabis Doing Good aims to showcase companies doing good, build a network of purpose-driven companies and to inspire new ways of people, planet and business engagement. We encourage companies that are purpose-driven, innovating within social good, justice or sustainability platforms or are actively launching social responsibility programs to apply.

Yes. Companies can submit applications for any or all award categories. Each submission must have its own application form.

The award application is available on CDG’s website website. 

Companies are required to be up-to-date on their previous year’s reporting, which will be verified by CDG. Companies are encouraged to submit any supporting documentation, including, but not limited to, reports, internal and/or external communications materials, press release or media and any other validations from external sources.

Should you be a finalist for the award, relevant documentation may be needed to compliment your application. CDG will reach if necessary.


In some cases, the nomination form will either include or prompt you to include any relevant data or metrics. We understand you may not have this information – but we will need some form of documentation supporting your claims if applicable.

Awards will be reviewed by an independent panel, working with the CDG team, using a researched, credible rubric. Each judge will score each nomination form, and an aggregate of that score will be used as the final score. CDG Leadership Team will review all judge scores. Panel judges may include representatives from the retail, B to B, non-profit sectors, product manufacturers, third-party certifiers, academia and other stakeholders in the space. If you have additional questions, please contact:

2019 CDG Award Winners

The 2019 Cannabis Doing Good Awards were an absolute success! We raised 10k for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains while awarding three amazing companies who are doing good in the industry.