Amazon designer and activist Emily Cunningham speaks at a rally organized by Amazon Employees for Climate Justice outside of the company’s shareholding meeting in May 2019. (GeekWire Photo / Monica Nickelsburg)
Amazon laid out its positions on a wide range of issues in a new web page that surfaced Thursday, bringing new clarity to the tech company’s public policy agenda.
The page, titled “Our Positions,” highlights eleven issues that Amazon is lobbying the government on or promoting through internal policies. Those issues include LBGT and workers’ rights, environmental sustainability, and federal regulation of data privacy and facial recognition. Amazon hasn’t presented a unified view of its positions in this way previously.
“We created this page to provide customers, investors, policymakers, employees, and others our views on certain issues,” the company says on the page. “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.”
Amazon declined to comment in response to GeekWire’s inquiry.
The agenda is part of Amazon’s broader push into policy and politics, a departure from early years at the company when the focus was quietly building the business. Faced with employee activism, antitrust …read more