Story at a glance

  • Amazon shareholders are meeting to vote on a new proposal.
  • The proposal, in part supported by shareholder group As You Sow, implores Amazon to release a report by December detailing how much plastic pollution it produces and how it will be addressed.
  • The Amazon board of directors recommended shareholders vote against the proposal.

As shareholders gather on Wednesday, Amazon is facing pressure to reveal its plastic footprint to the public. 

A resolution has been co-proposed by the activist shareholder group As You Sow, imploring Amazon to release a report by December detailing how much plastic pollution it produces, as well as a plan of action to address it. 

The board of directors for Amazon recommended the shareholders for the online retailer vote against the proposal.


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A report by conservation group Oceana that was released last year estimated Amazon produced 465 million pounds of plastic pollution in 2019. This included enough plastic air pillows in packaging that could wrap around the Earth 500 times.

Amazon accused Oceana of “dramatically miscalculating” its use of plastic and stated it had only used “about a quarter” of the figure.

As You Sow’s campaign gained some traction this month when Institutional Shareholder Services encouraged Amazon shareholders to vote for the proposal, citing concerns of the extent of the environmental damage.


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Published on May 26, 2021