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GOOD NEWS: Amazon Updates the Public on How it is Helping Protect Employees and Communities During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Ethics Matters

February 2021

For nearly a year since this pandemic began, essential workers have been just that – essential. They have helped purchase groceries for families, taught children in virtual classrooms, and delivered packages and mail. As we continue to quarantine in
our homes, delivery drivers and fulfillment center workers continue to help us get through each day by supplying us with our varying needs in a safe and socially distant way.

Recently, Amazon described on its website what it is doing to keep its employees and their communities safe during this very busy time for the company. The company’s blog stated that it is lending support to President Joe Biden’s administration in its effort to vaccinate 100 million people in the first 100 days of his presidency, advocating for COVID-19 vaccinations for its front-line employees, including team members working in fulfillment and data centers, and at Whole Foods Market stores. The company has also ramped-up onsite COVID-19 testing for employees (thanks to the ingenuity of its fast-moving response team), made over 150 process updates, including enhanced cleaning and social distancing measures, and implemented disinfectant spraying and temperature checks across operations worldwide. Lastly, Amazon distributed an abundant among of personal protective gear, including millions of masks for employees and much more.

The CPT loves to hear about companies that are looking out for the best interests of their employees. Especially during these trying times, it is reassuring to learn that large companies, like Amazon, place a high importance on the safety and well-being of their workforce.