Two French environmental NGOs and a union group on Sunday slammed the environmental influence of Amazon, vowing to disrupt its “Black Friday” sale marketing campaign later this week.
The NGOs Attac and les Amis de la Terre, in addition to the Solidaires affiliation of unions, mentioned in a report that the “world in response to Amazon just isn’t sustainable”.
However Amazon mentioned in a press release to AFP that it rejected the “inaccurate” info put ahead by the teams, saying their report contained quite a few factual errors and hypothesis missing basis.
The three teams pledged to show the upcoming Black Friday on November 29 right into a “Black Day for Amazon” by staging dozens of demonstrations throughout France to protest the insurance policies of the corporate.
There have been no particulars on the character of the demos however Attac has previously staged unannounced protests outdoors Amazon amenities.
Their assertion accused Amazon of accelerating greenhouse gasoline emissions by way of speedy supply providers, of destroying unsold merchandise and exhibiting a scarcity of transparency in its carbon finances.
Placing collectively info from all of the three teams, it accused Amazon of being chargeable for 55.eight million tonnes of greenhouse gasoline emissions, the equal of all of the emissions of Portugal.
In the meantime, the report claimed that Amazon’s practices concerned “appreciable waste”, with some three million new merchandise destroyed by Amazon in France alone in 2018.
It additionally charged that Amazon worldwide employed folks on insecure, brief time period contracts, that means that “for each job created by Amazon, two are destroyed”.
The teams additionally accused Amazon—which has its European headquarters in Luxembourg, of tax avoidance, a problem which has already seen the corporate within the crosshairs of the French authorities.
The report alleged Amazon hid 57 p.c of its gross sales in France, a cost denied by the corporate.
The French parliament earlier this yr defied US anger to go a regulation taxing firms like Amazon, Google, Fb or Apple for revenues accrued within the nation, even when they aren’t primarily based there.
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