Amazon fined USD61.7Mn for withholding tips from Amazon Flex drivers for over two years
Decent working conditions encompass several topics such as balanced working hours, physical and mental conditions, and fair wages1. The gig economy is defined as a labor marketplace where temporary, flexible jobs are predominant2. Between 25% and 30% of workers participate in the gig economy, and 10% of workers rely on it as a primary income source in the US3. Despite some benefits, the gig economy is jeopardizing worker's labor conditions as it has increased competition between workers, unbalanced their lives, and created great job insecurity and precariousness due to the lack of access to unemployment insurance2.
In 2020, Amazon avoided $2.3 bn in taxes equal to the 0.057% of the total tax revenue in the U.S.
"Tax evasion is an illegal activity in which a person or entity deliberately avoids paying a true tax liability1." According to The State of Tax Justice 2020 report, $427 bn lost globally each year to tax havens ( A tax haven is a country or place with very low "effective" rates of taxation for foreign investors7)2. Out of the total, 57.4% ($245 billion) is directly lost owing to corporate tax abuse by multinational corporations and 42.6% ($182 billion) owing to private tax evasion2.
Amazon’s total GHG emissions for 2019 would require 27 Mn hectares of forest to be compensated
Every year global GHG emissions are about 50 Bn tonnes of CO2e1. In 2019, anthropogenic activities caused an estimated 39 Bn tonnes of CO2 emissions3, of which consumer goods account for about 5 Bn tonnes CO2e4;p3. GHGs trap heat and increase the temperature of the earth, thereby resulting in disastrous climate change. Rising temperatures can lead to habitat destruction, increased sea levels, and floods, affecting millions of people worldwide2.
Amazon hires diverse employees from varied backgrounds to promote inclusive work environment
Diversity and inclusion is key in the workplace. Unfortunately, among the Fortune 500 companies, black or African American represented only 1% of the total CEO positions in 20191. In the US, the average rate of unemployment in 2018 was 3.2%, compared to 6.5% for black or African Americans1. More specifically, in the e-commerce sector, women make up only 13% of the CEO roles in the top 100 companies8.
Amazon increased its 2019 air freight flights by 38% in 2020, ignoring its CO2 reduction promises
The global aviation industry is responsible for 2% of all human CO2 emissions, the equivalent of 915 million tonnes of gas in 20191, and is growing to represent 22% of the emissions in 20502. The coronavirus pandemic significantly lowered the aviation industry's revenue and set a new opportunity to reevaluate its efforts to address the climate emergency when it comes to CO2 emissions3.