Company Score

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Country United States
Year Added 2018
Impact Ratings 877
Impact Notes 17
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.

Read about Amazon and its impact below.

Impact notes

Good Health and Well-being

Amazon cuts healthcare benefits for part-time Whole Foods employees

Profile elanaw
Icon time Tue May 12th, 2020 at 6:15am

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.

Gender Equality

Amazon Saheli - An initiative run by Amazon India to support Women entrepreneurs

Profile Abhishek
Icon time Tue May 5th, 2020 at 10:24am

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 others1The Saheli store is a dedicated storefront on 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 infrastructureThe e-marketplace model is an avenue for women entrepreneurs to benefit from the fast-growing digital economy6.

Gender Equality

Recruitment bias case and gender inequality within male-dominated

Profile adriana
Icon time Mon May 4th, 2020 at 9:23am

One of the biggest companies in the US, 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. 

Responsible Consumption and Production

Despite some efforts Amazon’s packaging is damaging the environment

Profile Rébecca Laigret
Icon time Sun Apr 5th, 2020 at 5:18am

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

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].