Many of the cross-cutting sustainability issues that we prioritize at Amazon are enhanced by working with credible, knowledgeable and innovative industry partnerships as well as collaborative initiatives.
Examples of these groups include:
Support for Action on Climate Change
In 2015, Amazon expressed support for a strong outcome in the Paris climate negotiations. Amazon continues to support the Paris climate agreement and action on climate change. We believe that robust clean energy and climate policies can support American competitiveness, innovation, and job growth. We remain committed to putting our scale and inventive culture to work in ways that are good for the environment and our customers.
American Council on Renewable Energy
To support our engagement on renewable energy, Amazon joined the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to building a secure and prosperous America with clean, renewable energy. ACORE convenes thought leadership forums and creates energy industry partnerships to communicate the economic, security and environmental benefits of renewable energy.
Business Renewables Center
Founded by nonprofit Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), the Business Renewables Center (BRC) streamlines and accelerates the corporate procurement of utility-scale wind and solar energy. As a member of the BRC, Amazon joins other leading companies advancing the corporate renewables market.
Amazon joined BSR (Business for Social Responsibility), a global nonprofit organization that works with its network of more than 250 member companies and other partners to build a just and sustainable world. BSR develops sustainable business strategies and solutions through consulting, research, and cross-sector collaboration.
Buyers’ Principles for Renewable Energy
Amazon signed the Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles, which were developed by over fifty corporate signatories with the support of nonprofit partners World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the World Resources Institute (WRI). The Buyers’ Principles outline the key criteria that would significantly help companies meet their renewable energy purchasing goals. They were designed to frame the challenges and needs faced by large renewable energy buyers in order to spur progress on renewable energy.
Center for Climate and Energy Support
Amazon joined the Business Environmental Leadership Council at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) to work toward practical solutions to the world’s climate and energy challenges. C2ES is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to forge practical solutions to climate change. Through strong policy and action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote clean energy, and strengthen resilience to climate impacts, C2ES works with Fortune 500 companies to strengthen business action and business support for effective climate policy.
Clean Power Plan amicus brief
In April 2016, Amazon joined Apple, Google, and Microsoft in filing a legal brief that supports the continued implementation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan and discusses the technology industry’s growing desire for affordable renewable energy across the U.S. Read the brief here.
Corporate Eco Forum
Amazon joined the Corporate Eco Forum (CEF), which is an invitation-only membership group for large companies that demonstrate a serious commitment to sustainability as a business strategy issue. CEF’s mission is to help accelerate sustainable business innovation by creating a neutral space for senior business leaders to strategize and exchange best-practice insights.
Department of Energy Workplace Charging Challenge
Amazon joined the U.S. DOE's Workplace Charging Challenge to demonstrate our support the development of the national plug- in electric vehicle (PEV) infrastructure. DOE’s Workplace Charging Challenge is a national partnership program that aims to increase the number of employers offering workplace charging to 500 by 2018. In Amazon buildings across Seattle, we offer plug-in electric vehicle charging stations to our more than 25,000 employees.
International Safe Transit Association
Amazon is a member of the International Safe Transit Association (ISTA), an organization focused on the specific concerns of transport packaging. ISTA is a nonprofit, member-driven association that sets the standards for optimizing the resources in packages that are designed to be survivable, sustainable and successful.
Responsible Business Alliance (RBA)
Amazon joined the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA), a nonprofit coalition of companies committed to supporting the rights and wellbeing of workers and communities worldwide affected by the global electronics supply chain. The RBA works with electronics, retail, automotive, and toy businesses to support continuous improvement in the social, environmental and ethical responsibility of their supply chains.
Amazon joined Sedex in November 2017. Sedex is a global non-profit organization that provides manufacturers and retailers a platform to manage responsible sourcing data and monitor continuous improvement across their supply chains and is committed to simplifying responsible sourcing.
Sustainable Fuel Buyers' Principles
Amazon is one of six original signatories to the recently-released Sustainable Fuel Buyers’ Principles, an initiative coordinated by Business for Social Responsibility (BSR). The Principles were developed by the members of BSR’s Future of Fuels and vetted through a network of 600 expert and industry stakeholders. The Principles are intended to achieve three main goals: build the market for low-carbon fuels, ensure progress toward a sustainable set of fuel options, and create opportunities for partnership and collaboration.
Sustainable Packaging Coalition
Amazon joined the Sustainable Packaging Coalition® (SPC), an industry working group dedicated to a more robust environmental vision for packaging. SPC uses strong member support, an informed and science-based approach, supply chain collaborations and continuous outreach, to build packaging systems that encourage economic prosperity and a sustainable flow of materials.
The Recycling Partnership
Amazon joined The Recycling Partnership to improve recycling across the United States. The Recycling Partnership supports communities and local governments with education, infrastructure and measurement related to curbside recycling. Recycling is an integral part of a sustainable future and does double duty to support the environment and the economy.
U.S. Partnership for Renewable Energy Finance
Amazon joined the U.S. Partnership for Renewable Energy Finance (US PREF), a program of ACORE, to support our work with state and federal policymakers and other stakeholders to enable more renewable energy opportunities for cloud providers. US PREF is an educational program that provides expert input on how the renewable energy finance market works.