Ethical Consumer is supporting Buy Nothing Day again this year, as Black Friday continues to see Amazon’s profits grow through ‘unnecessary and excessive consumerism’.
Amazon scores ‘0’ in the Ethical Consumer shopping guides, which rate companies on their ethics.
Ethical Consumer has been calling for an Amazon boycott since 2012.
In September 2021, Amazon – which has a market value of £1,500,000,000,000 (£1.5 trillion) – released its tax figures for the previous year.
Its key arm in the UK, Amazon UK Services, paid just £3.8 million more in corporation tax than in 2019 – despite sales rising by £1.9 billion and profits increasing to £128 million.
Amazon has been roundly condemned not only by Ethical Consumer but also by Fair Tax Mark, Tax Justice Network and others.
Amazon dominates online sales, and Jeff Bezos’ personal wealth has increased to a point that between March and September 2020 he could have given all 876,000 Amazon employees a bonus of $105,000, and still have the same amount of money in his own bank account as he did pre-pandemic.
Instead, there are regular reports that Amazon is violating workers rights, forcing long hours and poor working conditions.
The online giant has been accused of union busting, and now of employing surveillance tactics to monitor employees.
A global coalition launched in 2020 demanding Amazon address its workers’, environmental and political abuses #MakeAmazonPay.