Amazon Leadership Principles declare “Leaders create more than they consume and always leave things better than how they found them.”
At the same time Amazon sells books that cast doubt on COVID vaccinations and sell bleach and house dewormers and bleach. This corporate hypocrisy is deadly. What responsibility do corporate directors who are charged with protecting shareholder value have when those shareholders’ health may be jeopardized by corporate actions?
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Amazon lethal COVID hypocrisy
“During the week of August 22, 2021,” Senator Warren writes, “my staff conducted sample searches on Amazon.com of pandemic-related terms such as ‘COVID-19,’ ‘COVID,’ ‘vaccine,’ ‘COVID 19 vaccine,’ and ‘pandemic.’ The top results consistently included highly-ranked and favorably-tagged books based on falsehoods about COVID-19 vaccines and cures.” She notes that among the top results was a book co-authored by Joseph Mercola, which The New York Times recently named “The Most Influential Spreader of Coronavirus Misinformation Online.” – TechPolicy Press
Amazon peddles COVID misinformation
“Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren sent a letter on Tuesday to Amazon CEO Andy Jassy, saying the company’s search engine is “peddling misinformation” about COVID-19 and its vaccines as the Delta variant of the virus spreads.
“This pattern and practice of misbehavior suggests that Amazon is either unwilling or unable to modify its business practices to prevent the spread of falsehoods or the sale of inappropriate products,” Warren said in the letter. “An unethical, unacceptable, and potentially unlawful course of action from one of the nation’s largest retailers,” she said in the letter. Warren said in August her staff investigated Amazon’s marketplace and found that searches on the site for “COVID-19,” “COVID vaccine,” and “pandemic” listed as top results books and other products that contained inaccurate information regarding the spread of the disease and its vaccines.” – Business Insider
“Success and Scale Bring Broad Responsibility. We started in a garage, but we’re not there anymore. We are big, we impact the world, and we are far from perfect. We must be humble and thoughtful about even the secondary effects of our actions. Our local communities, planet, and future generations need us to be better every day. We must begin each day with a determination to make better, do better, and be better for our customers, our employees, our partners, and the world at large. And we must end every day knowing we can do even more tomorrow. Leaders create more than they consume and always leave things better than how they found them.”
It’s time to practice, what you preach.
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