AMAZON.COM, INC. | Freedom of Association at AMAZON.COM, INC.

Status
AGM passed
AGM date
Previous AGM date
Proposal number
12
Resolution details
Company ticker
AMZN
Resolution ask
Report on or disclose
ESG theme
  • Social
ESG sub-theme
  • Decent work
Type of vote
Shareholder proposal
Filer type
Shareholder
Company sector
Consumer Discretionary
Company HQ country
United States
Resolved clause
Resolved: Shareholders urge the Board of Directors to commission an independent, third-party assessment of Amazon’s adherence to its stated commitment to workers’ freedom of association and collective bargaining rights as outlined in Amazon’s Global Human Rights Principles, which explicitly reference the Core Conventions of the International Labour Organization and the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. The assessment should address any instances of management interference when employees exercise their right to form or join a trade union in Amazon’s global operations as well as steps to remedy any practices inconsistent with Amazon’s stated commitments. The assessment, prepared at reasonable expense and omitting confidential, proprietary or legally privileged information, should be publicly disclosed on Amazon’s website by November 30, 2024.
Supporting statement
Supporting Statement: Amazon states, “we respect and support the Core Conventions of the International Labour Organization and the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work” and says it respects workers’ right to join or form a union “without fear of reprisal, intimidation, or harassment,”[1] an important recognition that the fulfilment of these rights is conditioned by how employers choose to respond to union organizing efforts.

How other organisations have declared their voting intentions

Organisation name Declared voting intentions Rationale
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Church of England Pensions Board For
Whitley Asset Management For
Anima Sgr For As shareholders would benefit from increased transparency and disclosure on how the company is managing human rights-related risks, particularly regarding freedom of association and collective bargaining rights.
Legal & General Investment Management (Holdings) For A detailed explanation for our vote intention can be found on the LGIM Blog: https://blog.lgim.com/categories/esg-and-long-term-themes/lgims-voting-intentions-for-2024/
BMO Global Asset Management For After the publication of the company’s commitment to respect workers’ rights to freely associate and collectively bargain, it continues to be the subject of several controversies around allegedly engaging in anti-union activities. Shareholders would benefit from increased transparency and disclosure on how the company is managing human rights-related risks, particularly regarding freedom of association and collective bargaining rights.

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