From the Amazon employees serving customers each day, to the individuals working for suppliers and other partners as part of the global retail supply chain, Amazon has a longstanding commitment to gender equity.
As part of that commitment, Amazon has signed the United Nation’s Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs). Supported by more than 5,000 corporate signatories, the WEPs were established by the United Nations Global Compact and UN Women to offer businesses guidance on ways to promote gender equity and empower women in the workplace and global community.
“Diversity, equity, and inclusion are good for business—and more fundamentally—simply right, Our support of the United Nations Women’s Empowerment Principles underscores our longstanding work to promote gender equality and empowerment in the workplace, marketplace, and communities, and we are encouraged to see other like-minded businesses coming together to drive positive change.”
– Andy Jassy, Amazon CEO
Separately, Amazon is making a $1 million contribution to the Resilience Fund for Women in Global Value Chains. The Resilience Fund pools corporate investments to drive local, women-led solutions to the toughest problems facing women in global value chains. Established by Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), the UN Foundation, and Women Win, the Resilience Fund aims to raise at least $10 million to make strategic, long-term investments in the economic resilience, health, and well-being of women who are foundational to global value chains. Amazon’s donation will be invested in local organisations in Asia and other regions serving women in manufacturing, apparel and agricultural supply chains communities.
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“It’s more important than ever that leading retailers help ensure a safe, supportive work environment for women throughout the global retail value chain, and our contribution to the Resilience Fund for Women underscores our commitment to these working women everywhere, We’re pleased to join other businesses focused on supporting the long-term health and economic resilience of women and making sure they have a work environment where they can thrive.”
– Kara Hurst, vice president and head of Worldwide Sustainability at Amazon