STATEMENT: Climate Proposal Wins 15.2% of Votes at Amazon Annual Meeting

BOSTON, May 24, 2024— Recently,15.2% of Amazon* shareholders supported a proposal, filed by Green Century° and Amalgamated Bank, with shareholder representative As You Sow, asking the company to disclose its full value-chain climate emissions, including emissions from all products sold on its e-commerce platform.  

Amazon blocked a similar proposal in 2023. Circumstances have changed this year, with the European Union (EU) and California passing laws mandating similar value-chain disclosures. 

“In our view, climate risk is economic risk,” said Leslie Samuelrich, President of Green Century Funds. “We hope Amazon takes appropriate steps to respond to its shareholders’ clear interest in the company disclosing its full contribution to the climate crisis.” 

Currently, Amazon only discloses emissions from the sale of its private-label products, which account for less than 1% of the products sold on its site. This leaves unreported emissions from 99% of products sold on Amazon’s site.  

“Amazon’s current disclosures are incomplete, and do not adhere to established best practices used by peers” said Parker Caswell, Climate and Energy Associate at As You Sow, “Shareholders deserve transparent, decision-useful information about all risk factors, and climate-related risk is no exception.” 

“Amazon is selectively holding back the greenhouse gas emissions from the vast majority of products it sells, thus providing an incomplete accounting of its climate impact,” said Ivan Frishberg, Chief Sustainability Officer at Amalgamated Bank.  “Amazon’s public commitments and position as a climate leader are significantly undermined by their approach to carbon accounting.” 

Green Century Capital Management Inc. is a leader in the environmentally responsible investing field. Green Century provides mutual funds for individuals and institutions to keep their money out of the most environmentally harmful industries.

Green Century’s three-part approach combines fossil fuel free investing with award-winning shareholder advocacy and support of its public health and environmental nonprofit owners.   

Amalgamated Bank is a New York-based full-service commercial bank and a chartered trust company with a combined network of five branches across New York City, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco, and a commercial office in Boston. Amalgamated Bank was formed in 1923 as Amalgamated Bank of New York by the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America, one of the country’s oldest labor unions. Amalgamated Bank provides commercial banking and trust services nationally and offers a full range of products and services to both commercial and retail customers. Amalgamated Bank is a proud member of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values and is a certified B Corporation®. Amalgamated Bank engages with portfolio companies held by the Longview family of funds managed by the Bank. 

As You Sow is the nation’s leading shareholder representative, with a 30-year track record promoting environmental and social corporate responsibility and advancing values-aligned investing. Its issue areas include climate change, ocean plastics, pesticides, racial justice, workplace diversity, and executive compensation. Click here for As You Sow’s shareholder resolution tracker. 


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About Green Century 

°Green Century Capital Management, Inc. (Green Century) is the investment advisor to the Green Century Funds (The Funds). The Green Century Funds are one of the first families of fossil fuel-free, environmentally responsible mutual funds. Green Century hosts an award-winning and in-house shareholder advocacy program and is the only mutual fund company in the U.S. wholly owned by environmental and public health nonprofit organizations. 

*As of 03.31.2024, securities mentioned were not held in the portfolios of any of the Green Century Funds. References to specific securities, which will change due to ongoing management of the Funds, should not be construed as a recommendation by the Funds, their administrator, or their distributor. 

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