Shareholders push Amazon to reveal its plastic footprint

Shareholders push Amazon to reveal its plastic footprint

Amazon fulfilment center in Sosnowiec, Poland, in May 2019. | Photo by Beata Zawrzel / NurPhoto via Getty Images

A group of shareholders has asked Amazon to disclose how much of its plastic packaging winds up in the environment. The retail giant’s plastic pollution could damage the company’s reputation or lead to financial penalties from regulatory action or clean-up costs, according to the shareholder proposal. So they’d like to see a report published by December that shows how much plastic waste the retail giant is responsible for and what it’s doing to reduce plastic packaging.

Amazon has stayed pretty tight-lipped about its plastic problem. It was accused of generating 465 million pounds of plastic packaging waste in 2019 by the nonprofit organization Oceana. More than 22 million pounds of that trash wound up in freshwater and marine…

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