In an open letter to the board of directors and CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, thousands of employees have asked the company to adopt a far-reaching plan to combat climate change.
"Amazon has the resources and the scale to awaken the world's imagination and redefine what is possible and necessary to face the climate crisis," the letter reads. "We believe this is a historic opportunity for Amazon to stand with employees and point out to the world that we are ready to be a climate leader."
The letter, which received more than 3,500 signatures until midday Wednesday, is the most recent example of employees in the technology industry who have made public their actions to put pressure on the leadership. Workers at companies such as Google and Microsoft have organized around a series of problems. Amazon has also faced the previous rejection of employees: last year, a group of workers criticized the decision of the company to sell facial recognition tools to the authorities.
Employees, citing Amazon's work for oil and gas companies and what they describe as insufficient plans for action against climate change, are asking the company to commit to several objectives. Among them, they ask the company to make "a complete transition away from fossil fuels" and politically advocate for climate friendly policies. They also ask the company to adopt a resolution of shareholders that requires a climate change plan.
An Amazon spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
"In our mission to become" the most customer-focused company on Earth, "we believe that our climate impact must be a primary consideration in everything we do," the letter reads. "We have the power to change entire industries, inspire global action on climate and direct the subject of our lives."