our commitment to equality

a note from owner & creator of Meraki Botanicals, Jennifer Odom:

Meraki Botanicals is a one-woman business in terms of ordering supplies, creating, marketing, and shipping products. however, as a whole, Meraki is much more than just me – I rely on customers, suppliers, those who ship the products, and the marketing platforms used to make this business successful. I’ve run this business since 2014, and only recently has it come to my attention the importance of diversity, inclusion, equity, and anti-racism.

via independentsector.org/resource/why-diversity-equity-and-inclusion-matter/:

“Diversity includes all the ways in which people differ, encompassing the different characteristics that make one individual or group different from another.”

“Inclusion is the act of creating environments in which any individual or group can be and feel welcomed, respected, supported, and valued to fully participate.”

“Equity is the fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all people, while at the same time striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of some groups.”

via aclrc.com/antiracism-defined:

“Anti-racism is the active process of identifying and eliminating racism by changing systems, organizational structures, policies and practices and attitudes, so that power is redistributed and shared equitably.” – NAC International Perspectives: Women and Global Solidarity

at this time, I would like to take the Anti-Racist Small Business Pledge, via Rachel Rodgers of Hello Seven.
Meraki Botanicals is commited to:

1. Naming white supremacy and the impact of racism on both our personal and professional lives.
2. Engaging in anti-racist education for me and my team – & my community.
3. Commiting to open-conflict and allowing discomfort.
4. Investing a portion of my monthly company budget to the Black community.
5. Expressing my sincere, long-term commitment to becoming an anti-racist organization.
read more at helloseven.co/townhall-2/

each month, Meraki Botanicals will donate 5% of all revenue to the following organizations (two per month, 10% total):
Black Lives MatterNAACPACLUColor of ChangeBlack Mamas MatterThe Bail ProjectAAPF | United We Dream | GLAAD | National Center for Transgender Equality | National LGBTQ Task Force | Angel Watching Over Me | The Loveland Foundation | Equal Justice Initiative

in addition, I will continue to seek out organizations and individuals doing the work and in need of support. I will invest my time, money, and resources & use my privilege as a white woman to amplify and center marginalized people.

if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out. I welcome any and all suggestions – thank you.

xoxo, Jennifer