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  • Address: 410 Terry Ave N., Seattle, WA, 98109 USA
  • Website: amazon.com
  • Contact Email: [email protected]
  • Number of Employees (Approximate): 1,298,000
  • Stock Symbol: AMZN
  • Social Media Accounts: TwitterFacebookTikTokInstagramLinkedIn
  • Subsidiaries: Whole Foods; Amazon Web Services; Audible; Goodreads; IMDb; Diapers.com; Ring; Shopbop; Zappos; Twitch; Zoox; Amazon Robotics; Alexa Internet; MGM Holdings; Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer; MGM Television
  • Associated Brands:Amazon Prime; Amazon Prime Video; Amazon Fresh; 365; Amazon Basics; Amazon Elements; Amazon Studios; Wickedly Prime; Happy Belly; Pinzon; Kindle;... Show More

In February 2020, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos pledged to give $10 billion of his own money to scientists and activists working to fix the climate crisis. It was such a grand gesture that you’d perhaps never have guessed that Amazon’s environmental track record is profoundly shitty overall or that Bezos had just been aggressively courting oil and gas industry customers. 

A few months prior to his sudden burst of philanthropy, Amazon employees successfully pressured Bezos into releasing the company’s first-ever sustainability report. That report revealed that in 2018, Amazon had emitted 44.4 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, which is roughly equivalent to the annual emissions of Norway. (Bezos has since stepped down as CEO of Amazon, but still serves as chairman, a position above CEO.) 

In 2021 (the same year Bezos briefly launched himself into space) and 2022, the CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) gave Amazon a big ol’ F for the information it submitted. In early 2022, Amazon got another big ol’ F from As You Sow, a corporate accountability watchdog that looked into whether or not Amazon is tracking to its goal of carbon neutrality by 2040. 

The report said that in addition to failing to fully report its emissions, Amazon has continued to dramatically increase its absolute emissions every year since 2018. Of course, Amazon’s emissions are, in part, a reflection of the consumerism of society at large as well as a recent run of pandemic-fueled purchasing, and yet, other big retailers like Target and Walmart are doing at least a somewhat better job than Amazon on environmental reporting, goal setting, and emissions reductions. 

There’s also the ugly little fact that, in the 2022 election cycle alone, Amazon’s political action committee gave $322,000 to the politicians with the worst environmental track records in Congress. (That’s more than Exxon gave to the same cohort.) So, if you shop at Amazon or Whole Foods, have a Kindle or Alexa, or use Audible, Goodreads, or Ring, there’s a chance your money could end up in the campaign coffers of politicians with the worst environmental track records in Congress. 

Another ugly little fact: Amazon still sells RoundUp and other products with a pesticide called glyphosate in it, a chemical that creates cancer precursors in humans. Use of glyphosate has been banned or restricted in over 15 countries and half of U.S. states. 

Finally, Amazon maintains relationships with the Chamber of Commerce and Business Roundtable, two industry groups with a long history of lobbying against climate-protecting policies

While Bezos’ personal climate philanthropy is admirable, it can’t wash away Amazon’s absolutely disgraceful environmental performance on the whole. As the group Amazon Employees for Climate Justice put it, “one hand cannot give what the other is taking away.”

Factors affecting Amazon’s UNFK score

  • Has a relationship with the US Chamber of Commerce and/or its affiliates: yes
  • Has a relationship with Business Roundtable: yes
  • Has a relationship with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC): not likely
  • InfluenceMap Grade: B-
  • Carbon Disclosure Project: Climate Change Grade: F
  • Carbon Disclosure Project: Water Grade: F
  • Carbon Disclosure Project: Forests Grade: F
  • Science Based Targets Initiative Commitment: Near Committed
  • As You Sow Racial Justice Score (0-100): 6
  • As You Sow Road to Net Zero Score (0-18): 3
  • Banking Score (0-100): 0

Amazon’s contributions last election cycle: 2022

(source: Open Secrets)

Amazon’s Total PAC Contributions to Climate FKers:


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Amazon’s Total Individual Contributions to Climate FKers:


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Total amount Amazon contributed to Climate FKers (PAC + Individual Contributions)


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Amazon’s PAC and employees contributed funds to the campaigns of 80 Climate FKers

Cathy’s Portrait
Cathy McMorris Rodgers

Republican Representative from Washington

They gave Cathy $28,350

Mike’s Portrait
Mike Lee

Republican Senator from Utah

They gave Mike $10,003

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A. Drew Ferguson IV

Republican Representative from Georgia

They gave A. $10,000

How Amazon Can Raise Its Score

  • Reduce carbon emissions
  • Create more robust and transparent environmental reporting
  • Cut ties with Business Roundtable and Chamber of Commerce (and affiliates) 
  • Stop contributions to congresspeople with lifetime LCV scores of 20 and below  
  • Improve quality of submission(s) to CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project)
  • Include environmental justice as part of company’s overall racial justice stance
  • Ensure the company’s business operations are environmentally just