Governance
We integrate sustainability practices into our everyday operations through goal-setting, metrics, and quarterly business reviews.

Governance

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Our science-based, customer-centric approach involves a variety of mechanisms to integrate sustainability throughout Amazon’s business operations.
Corporate Governance
  • The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of Amazon’s Board of Directors oversees Amazon’s environmental, social, and corporate governance policies and initiatives, including our progress on The Climate Pledge and risks related to our operations, supply chain, and customer engagement. Learn more.
  • In performing their job duties, Amazon.com employees should always act lawfully, ethically, and in the best interests of Amazon.com. Our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics sets out basic guiding principles. Employees who are unsure whether their conduct or the conduct of their coworkers complies with the Code of Conduct should contact their manager or the Legal Department. Learn more.
Amazon Sustainability Policy Positions
Amazon advocates in support of public policy that advances access to and the expansion of clean energy. We will continue to promote policies that support renewable energy to power our operations. Since 2016, we have taken the following actions in support of promoting clean energy and addressing climate change.
  • Amazon co-founds The Climate Pledge, setting goal to meet the Paris Agreement 10 years early
    April 2020
    Joined the European Alliance for a green recovery, which includes policymakers, businesses, and organizations working together to support a COVID-19 economic recovery that addresses the threat of climate change.
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    January 2020
    At the Virginia General Assembly, Amazon testified in favor of legislation to expand the use of energy storage to further integrate renewable energy into the grid in Virginia.
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    December 2019
    Amazon publicly praised the European Unions’s intent to reach climate neutrality and pledged to work together with the new EU Commission on the Green Deal.
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    August 2019
    Amazon leadership spoke at the National Conference of State Legislatures Energy Summit and implored state legislators to accelerate the deployment of renewable energy across the United States.
  • Wind farms like this are just one of the ways AWS is working to achieve its goal of 100% renewable energy.
    June 2019
    Amazon supported legislation introduced in the United States Congress that would allow clean energy projects access to financing by forming master limited partnerships.
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    June 2019
    Amazon signed a letter to the European Commission outlining the importance of corporate renewable energy procurement and encouraging that National Energy and Climate Plans remove barriers to renewable energy purchasing.
  • Solar farms likes this are just one of the ways AWS is working to achieve its goal of 100% renewable energy.
    May 2019
    Amazon wrote to the Virginia State Corporation Commission encouraging that more renewable energy and clean energy technologies be included in a long-term plan by Virginia’s largest electric utility.
  • Amazon co-founds The Climate Pledge, setting goal to meet the Paris Agreement 10 years early
    February 2019
    Amazon spoke to the National Association of State Energy Officials about the importance of energy efficiency and renewable energy for our business operations, and to encourage states to help support the deployment of electric vehicles.
  • Amazon co-founds The Climate Pledge, setting goal to meet the Paris Agreement 10 years early
    December 2018
    Amazon wrote to the Georgia Public Service Commission advocating for a strong renewable energy offering from the Georgia electric utility.
  • Wind farms like this are just one of the ways AWS is working to achieve its goal of 100% renewable energy.
    November 2018
    Amazon signed on to a joint declaration calling for changes to European energy policy, that would allow for easier access to renewable energy. The declaration sought to reduce barriers that hinder renewable energy trading and tracking across borders between European Union member countries.
  • Solar farms likes this are just one of the ways AWS is working to achieve its goal of 100% renewable energy.
    November 2018
    Amazon authored a letter to the European Commission in support of the removal of regulatory barriers to corporate sourcing of renewable energy.
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    September 2018
    Amazon staff spoke at the Midwest Governor’s Association conference and highlighted our interest in access to renewable energy and the importance of states reducing barriers to renewable energy access.
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    December 2017
    Amazon urged the European Union Commission to establish a goal of 35% renewable energy by 2030.
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    December 2017
    Amazon wrote to the California Public Utilities Commission in support of an electric vehicle charging program for the San Diego region.
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    October 2017
    Amazon provided support for the regulatory approval of a green energy program offering being created by the Florida electric utility that provides power to our facilities in the Jacksonville region.
  • Multiple wind turbine sits in fields of crops at the Amazon Wind Farm Indiana – Fowler Ridge.
    October 2017
    Amazon authored a letter to the Ohio State Legislature in support of a bill that would reduce restrictions on the siting of wind energy projects in the state.
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    June 2017
    Amazon joined the We Are Still In coalition to express support for remaining in the Paris Climate Agreement.
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    February 2017
    Amazon offered support for a Virginia bill to create a new community solar law in the Commonwealth.
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    April 2016
    Amazon joined Apple, Google, and Microsoft in filing an amicus brief in support of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan.
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We created this page to provide customers, investors, policymakers, employees, and others our views on certain issues. While our positions are carefully considered and deeply held, there is much room for healthy debate and differing opinions. We hope being clear about our positions is helpful.
Reporting Frameworks
  • SASB | TCFD | UNGP
    Download indices of Amazon’s public content according to Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), and UN Guiding Principles (UNGP) Reporting Framework.
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See how our sustainability initiatives link to United Nations global goals on issues including gender equality, health, and education.
Validation and Verification Statements
  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions Verification Statement
  • Renewable Energy Assurance Statement
  • Validation of the Compact by Design Certification Framework, Methodology, and Criteria
  • Independent Assessment of Standards and Certifications for Inclusion in the Climate Pledge Friendly Program
From the associates in our fulfillment centers, to the drivers delivering packages to our customers, to the factory workers making the products we sell—people are critical to our mission of being earth’s most customer-centric company. These values have been long-held at Amazon and codifying them into a set of Human Rights Principles demonstrates our support for fundamental human rights and the dignity of workers everywhere we operate around the world. We are committed to embedding respect for human rights throughout our business.
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