Fast Company has a story about how a cadre of employees at Amazon is pushing their employer to take a more aggressive stand on the issue of climate change.

Some context:

“Amazon has made public gestures toward dealing with climate change. In 2014, the company announced it would power its data centers with renewable energy. Four years later, it rolled out another initiative, Shipment Zero, with the aim of slashing carbon emissions from shipments by 50% by 2030.

“But Amazon’s green credentials have come under fire in recent months … Amazon lags behind its peers in tackling climate change in its core operations. The company has consistently received a failing grade from the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) for failing to disclose its emissions, while both Microsoft and Apple were recognized by CDP in 2018 for their efforts to tackle supply-chain emissions.”

And, the story notes, “a Greenpeace report found that Amazon has largely abandoned its plans to run its power-hungry data centers with renewable energy … And Amazon’s aggressive plans for expansion, Greenpeace warns, also come without any accompanying measures to commit to more clean energy.”

Hence, the creation of a group called Amazon Employees for Climate Justice … and you can read about their efforts here.

KC's View: Fascinating stuff, and mostly, I think, because it happens in a climate (no pun intended) where employees more and more - at least in some companies - feel empowered to push their bosses to be more engaged with issues of import to them. It is climate change, but it also can be gender equality, and dealing with toxic workplaces.

I must say, I think this is great. I grew up at a time when employees never spoke up about such things, and in retrospect, shame on us. I’m glad there has been progress, but there needs to be more. As a customer, I want to patronize companies that take stuff like this seriously.