Amazon cuts healthcare benefits for part-time Whole Foods employees
Last September, Amazon announced that it is cutting healthcare benefits to all part-time employees at Whole Foods Markets. This comes less than a month after CEO Jeff Bezos signed a statement pledging to invest in workers, providing important benefits and fair compensation. With the US now struggling under the COVID19 Pandemic, this may now have bleak repercussions1.
Amazon Saheli - An initiative run by Amazon India to support Women entrepreneurs
Amazon Saheli, an initiative started by Amazon India in November 2017, works in partnership with social organizations such as Self Employed Women Association (SEWA), and Impulse Social Enterprise among others1. The Saheli store is a dedicated storefront on Amazon.in to display women entrepreneurs' products and facilitate to sell their products to thousands of Amazon customers across the country. The storefront offers the women entrepreneurs and artisans who work with these social organizations access to the Amazon India marketplace and logistical infrastructure. The e-marketplace model is an avenue for women entrepreneurs to benefit from the fast-growing digital economy6.
Recruitment bias case and gender inequality within male-dominated Amazon.com
One of the biggest companies in the US, Amazon.com is not really fairing well in the terms of equal employment opportunity. With its 674,000 employees worldwide, they proudly advertise that 5 out 10 independent board members are women 1. However, there have been a lot of setbacks and hindrances in hiring women.
Despite some efforts Amazon’s packaging is damaging the environment
E-commerce is responsible for 10,000 tonnes of packaging waste each year. Firstly using individual packaging for parcels produces much more waste than using mass shipping packaging to sell in-store. Besides, several parameters need to be assessed to measure the environmental impact of packaging: empty space in the boxes and recyclability. Amazon ships 3 to 4 billion parcels per year and accounts for half of all e-commerce. As a leader Amazon must set the trend for more sustainable e-commerce. 1
Amazon accelerates oil and gas extraction
The burning of
fossil fuels stands for the majority (78% along with industrial
processes according to the IPCC) of greenhouse gas emissions. While
the increase due to population growth has remained the same, the
contribution due to economic growth has strongly increased . There
is however hope that high-profile actors through divestment will aid
the transition away from fossil fuels .