Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Amazon threatening employees that are speaking out on climate change and environmental issues

Amazon employees are being contacted by the company’s legal and HR departments regarding comments that they are making on climate change and the company’s negligent approach to the issue. Amazon Employees for Climate Justice, a group of Amazon employees, said that the workers were told that they were in violation of the company’s policies.

The group has repeatedly called on the company to do more regarding climate change. The group also says that some workers received emails, threatening their jobs if they continued to speak out against the e-commerce giant’s negligent approach to the environmental issue.

Amazon’s response

Amazon told BBC that the company has always had policies regarding making public comments. The company also says that these policies apply to all employees, and not just a particular subset or group. Amazon also told BBC, “We recently updated the policy and related approval process to make it easier for employees to participate in external activities such as speeches, media interviews, and use of the company’s logo.”

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The company also says that HR may notify employees regarding breaches in company policy.

Amazon Employees for Climate Justice has called on Amazon to reach zero emissions by 2030. In May, Amazon shareholders first rejected the proposal by employees to form a climate change initiative. In September however, Jeff Bezos said that the company will have zero carbon emissions by 2040 and be completely powered by renewable energy by 2030.

This is 10 years after the deadline that the group had asked Amazon to fix. After this announcement, more than 1,000 Amazon employees left the company to join the Global Climate Strike. They also protested against Amazon’s slow climate change actions.

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Source: BBC

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