Amazon shareholders to vote on proposal to reveal its plastic footprint
Shareholders of e-commerce giant Amazon are to vote on a resolution that would require the company to disclose its footprint on plastic packaging.
The resolution was filed by the nonprofit foundation As You Sow and will be voted on at Amazon’s annual meeting on May 25.
If approved, Amazon will have to publish a report on how it will reduce its use of plastic packaging and its contribution to plastic pollution.
The report should also show how much plastic packaging the retailer uses.
Last June, 35.5% of Amazon shareholders voted in favor of a resolution requiring the company to provide a report quantifying its use of single-use plastics.
Despite this, the retailer failed to report on its plastic footprint and failed to respond even when repeatedly asked to release the data.
Ocean conservation nonprofit Oceana is now asking shareholders to vote “Yes” to point eight at the upcoming annual meeting.
Earlier this year, the organization sent a letter to Amazon shareholders providing five reasons why they should support the resolution.
Oceana Senior Vice President Matt Littlejohn said, “This is a great opportunity for shareholders to ensure that Amazon does good for its customers and the planet.
“The pressure is mounting as more investors learn about the company’s plastic problem and more customers demand plastic-free alternatives.
“Amazon’s plastic packaging generates a massive amount of waste and plastic pollution is devastating the world’s oceans.
“Voting for this resolution is voting to help save the oceans and marine life.”
In December last year, a report by Oceana found that levels of plastic pollution caused by Amazon deliveries had increased by 29% over the course of a year.
Amazon denied the legitimacy of the report, saying it overestimated the retailer’s plastic use by more than 300%.