Our materials and commitments
Amazon Chemicals Policy
We are committed to developing high-quality and affordable Private Brands products that customers love. Part of our commitment to quality is avoiding chemicals of concern in our products that can affect human health and/or the environment. We define chemicals of concern as those chemicals that: 1) meet the criteria for classification as a carcinogen, mutagen, reproductive or other systemic toxicant; or 2) are persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic. We strategically prioritise which chemicals of concern to focus on based on product type, customer concerns and the availability of safer alternatives.
The baseline list of chemicals of concern included on our first Restricted Substance List (RSL) identifies the chemicals that we seek to avoid in Amazon-owned Private Brands baby, household cleaning, personal care and beauty products in the U.S. and Europe. This policy is in addition to applicable local legal requirements and associated compliance plans. It will be expanded to additional brands, product categories and geographies over time.
Amazon is a member of the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI). The BCI aims to transform cotton production worldwide by developing Better Cotton as a sustainable mainstream commodity.
In addition, in 2019 we signed the Responsible Sourcing Network’s public Cotton Pledge to not source cotton from Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan until the pervasive use of government-mandated forced labour is stopped. We prohibit forced labour within our supply chains, and we have developed internal controls and external engagements to address forced labour within global supply chains. This pledge represents an additional step in that direction and lends Amazon’s voice in demanding an end to forced labour in these two countries.
Palm oil is used extensively as an ingredient in consumer products; however, its cultivation has contributed to deforestation, biodiversity loss and negative social impacts in some of the regions where it is grown. Our approach is to promote the use of sustainably-certified palm oil in our Private Brands food products. We ask our Private Brands suppliers to source palm oil that is sustainably certified. We are starting with Amazon-owned Private Brands food products in North America and across Europe, where our goal is to source 100 % sustainable palm oil by the end of 2020.
We recognise that, as sellers of animal-derived products, we have a responsibility to uphold animal welfare within our supply chain. We will continue to make it easy for customers to buy free range, pasture-fed, organic or other higher welfare products, and to offer these products at the best possible prices. We will also continue to offer easily-identifiable vegetarian and vegan products. This animal welfare policy provides guidance for producers and suppliers of animal-derived goods and services during production, transport and slaughter. At Amazon, we recognise and expect our suppliers to uphold the Five Freedoms framework. These freedoms are:
- Freedom from hunger and thirst—by providing ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigour.
- Freedom from discomfort—by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area.
- Freedom from pain, injury or disease—by ensuring prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment.
- Freedom to express normal behaviour—by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal’s own kind.
- Freedom from fear and distress—by ensuring conditions and treatment that avoid mental suffering.
We expect our suppliers to comply with all applicable laws.
We expect our suppliers to take a zero-tolerance approach to animal cruelty, abuse and neglect.
We encourage suppliers to continuously improve their animal welfare standards and practices, and to work towards recognised animal welfare certifications or industry guidelines that include welfare provisions.