Embedding Human Rights Into Our Business
In order to prevent and mitigate adverse impacts in the long run, we are committed to embedding human rights considerations into decision-making across the company and into our policy and governance framework.
This governance starts with the Amazon Board of Directors, which appoints committees for oversight on specific issues. Among other duties, its Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee oversees Amazon’s global environmental, corporate social responsibility, and corporate governance policies and initiatives, and its Leadership Development and Compensation Committee oversees Amazon’s global human capital management strategies and policies.
We are also building an employee training and engagement program to raise awareness of important human rights topics across the company. For example, in 2019, we launched training on human trafficking and forced labor for employees in our logistics network—educating our employees on how to recognize the warning signs of this criminal behavior.
Human Trafficking Awareness
Amazon does not tolerate the use of child labor, forced labor, or human trafficking in any form—including slave labor, prison labor, indentured servitude, or bonded labor—in our operations or value chain. We have detailed the components of this commitment to combating human trafficking (also referred to as “modern slavery”) in our annual Modern Slavery Statement, our Supply Chain Standards, and our Global Human Rights Principles.
We’re raising awareness through employee training and partnerships. As a global retail and technology company employing hundreds of thousands of workers around the world, we recognize the responsibility and opportunity we have to raise awareness among our employees through education and training on relevant human rights and social responsibility issues. In 2019, we launched a human trafficking awareness program for employees around the world. In the program’s first phase, we trained fulfillment network managers in our UK operations. In 2020, we expanded this training to teach employees across our entire global fulfillment network to recognize signs of modern slavery using localized scenarios.
The training focuses on raising awareness and teaching employees how to identify indicators of modern slavery and report concerns to appropriate authorities in a way that puts the interests of victims first. To develop the training, we relied on input from organizations with expertise in modern slavery, including Verité, a recognized leader in global labor protections, and incorporated videos and materials from the Gangmasters and Labor Abuse Authority (GLAA), a UK public agency focused on investigating labor exploitation. In 2020, we expanded our English training module to cover more languages and are developing region-specific training for our global employees. Our global security operations team has immediate response protocols in the event of a suspected human trafficking related issue, regardless of where the issue arises.
In October 2019, we became an official corporate sponsor of Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT), an organization dedicated to combating human trafficking in the trucking industry, and began incorporating TAT training modules into trainings for our internal fleet of drivers to teach them how to identify and respond to potential victims of human trafficking. Our goal is to train 100% of our internal fleet of drivers on the Truckers Against Trafficking curriculum by the end of 2020.
Our social responsibility team regularly reviews and updates Amazon’s approach to human trafficking prevention and updates executive leadership on our progress throughout the year.