Sustainability | Amazon staff demand firm becomes 'climate leader'

Amazon staff demand firm becomes 'climate leader'

Amazon employees have spoken out and demanded that the tech behemoth adopts a wide-ranging plan to help fight climate change.

The news comes following an open letter sent by employees to the company’s Board of directors and CEO Jeff Bezos, which stated that the company had the power to become a ‘climate leader’.

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The letter, which has since gone on to receive 6,033 signatures from Amazon employees, asked the company to commit to several goals, reported The Verge. They have asked Amazon to make a ‘complete transition away from fossil fuels’ and to advocate politically for climate-friendly policies.

“Amazon has the resources and scale to spark the world’s imagination and redefine what is possible and necessary to address the climate crisis,” the letter read. “We believe this is a historic opportunity for Amazon to stand with employees and signal to the world that we’re ready to be a climate leader.”

Employees have also demanded that they should receive fair treatment during climate disruptions and extreme weather events, stating that ‘unsafe or inaccessible workplaces should not be a reason to withhold pay’.

In a statement, an Amazon Spokesperson said: “Amazon’s sustainability team is using a science-based approach to develop data and strategies to ensure a rigorous approach to our sustainability work.

“We have launched several major and impactful programs and are working hard to integrate this approach fully across Amazon.”

The employees’ letter finishes, reading: “In our mission to become ‘Earth’s most customer-centric company,’ we believe our climate impact must be a top consideration in everything we do.

“We have the power to shift entire industries, inspire global action on climate, and lead on the issue of our lifetimes. We ask that you, as leaders responsible for our strategic direction, adopt the climate plan resolution and release a company-wide plan that incorporates the six principles above.”

Amazon isn’t the first company to receive pressure from its employees to act on climate change, as workers at Google and Microsoft have also rallied around the issue in the past.

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