Company Score

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Country United States
Year Added 2018
Impact Ratings 583
Impact Notes 13
SDG Covered 8 out of 17 is an American multinational technology company headquartered in USA. Amazon is the world's largest online marketplace, AI assistant provider, and cloud computing platform. It distributes downloads and streaming of video, music, and audiobooks. Amazon Publishing is its publishing arm, it also has a film and television studio, Amazon Studios, and a cloud computing subsidiary, Amazon Web Services. It produces consumer electronics including Kindle e-readers, Fire tablets, Fire TV, and Echo devices. Amazon acquisitions include Ring, Twitch, Whole Foods Market, and IMDb. Amazon employs 750,000 people worldwide.

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Impact notes

Climate Action

Amazon accelerates oil and gas extraction

Profile jold
Icon time Mon Feb 10th, 2020 at 11:43am

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 [1]. There is however hope that high-profile actors through divestment will aid the transition away from fossil fuels [2].

Gender Equality

Low proportion of women in managerial positions in Amazon

Profile JU
Icon time Thu Dec 5th, 2019 at 12:06pm

According to the United Nation Organisation, only 27 percent of managerial positions in the world were occupied by women in 2018, up only marginally from 26 per cent in 2015. This is far from the goal 5.5, which states "Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life", characterized by the indicator "Proportion of women in managerial positions". [1] 

Affordable and Clean Energy

Amazon to reach 80% renewable energy by 2024 and 100% renewable energy by 2030

Profile Clarisse
Icon time Tue Oct 29th, 2019 at 4:42pm

Back in November 2014 , Amazon shared its long term commitment to achieve 100% renewable energy usage for the global Amazon Web Services (AWS) infrastructure footprint [1]. To achieve its ambitious goal, Amazon partnered in 2015 with the US Partnership for Renewable Energy Finance and joined the Buyers’ Principles to collaborate with 40 other companies on making clean energy solutions more affordable and accessible to all. The group teamed with other companies to construct and operate an 80 megawatt (MW) solar farm in Virginia,  Amazon Solar Farm US East, which went in production in October 2016, as well as Amazon Wind Farm US East and Amazon Wind Farm US Central. In January 2016, Amazon launched its 1st of the 4 announced renewable energy projects, Wind Farm Fowler Ridge. And at the end of 2016, the group announced 5 new solar farms in Virginia to join the existing project of Amazon Solar Farm US East. One year later, these 6 solar farms brought 260 MW of renewable energy capacity onto the grid [2].

Responsible Consumption and Production

Amazon’s huge scandal in Europe

Profile Srudhi
Icon time Sat Apr 27th, 2019 at 6:07am

Amazon has been hit with claims that it has destroyed around 3.2 million unsold products from French warehouses in 2018.  If this same level of destruction were to continue across all five of Amazon’s warehouses in France that would be a massive ecological disaster.

Reduced Inequalities

Employees struggle at Amazon

Profile Diane
Icon time Tue Mar 19th, 2019 at 8:16am

Every employee wants and deserves a workplace that is emotionally and physically safe, where they can focus on their job responsibilities and obtain some fulfillment, rather than worrying about dangerous conditions, harassment, or discrimination. Workers expect fair pay and respect for their privacy.