Amazon Funds Urban Greening Program to Increase Climate-Resilience of German Cities

Amazon has announced a €3.75 million commitment to The Nature Conservancy in an effort to reduce climate change risks and increase species biodiversity in three German cities. The initial project is in Berlin’s Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf district. Learnings will be applied in two other German locations, and then shared across other European cities. With this, Amazon is recognizing the urgency of the climate crisis and its impacts on urban communities. The announcement follows The Climate Pledge, the company’s commitment to be net zero carbon by 2040. Amazon’s commitment will fund The Nature…

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Amazon Establishes Counterfeit Crimes Unit to Bring Counterfeiters to Justice

Amazon has announced it has established a new Counterfeit Crimes Unit, dedicated to bringing counterfeiters that violate the law and Amazon’s policies by listing counterfeit products in its store to justice. Amazon’s Counterfeit Crimes Unit is a global, multi-disciplinary team composed of former federal prosecutors, experienced investigators, and data analysts, and will join Amazon’s extensive work to drive counterfeit to zero. Amazon’s first objective is to prevent a counterfeit from ever being listed in its store, and its comprehensive proactive anti-counterfeit programs have ensured that 99.9% of all Amazon products…

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Amazon Announces $2 Billion Climate Pledge Fund to Invest in Companies Building Products, Services, and Technologies to Decarbonize the Economy and Protect the Planet

Amazon have announced The Climate Pledge Fund to support the development of sustainable technologies and services that will enable Amazon and other companies to meet The Climate Pledge—a commitment to be net zero carbon by 2040. This dedicated venture investment program—with an initial $2 billion in funding—will back visionary companies whose products and services will facilitate the transition to a zero carbon economy. Last year, Amazon and Global Optimism co-founded The Climate Pledge, a commitment to reach the Paris Agreement ten years early and be net zero carbon by 2040.…

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Mary’s Place Opens Washington State’s Largest Family Shelter Within Amazon’s Seattle HQ Amid COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

Mary’s Place and Amazon announced that the Mary’s Place Family Center in The Regrade, a one-of-a-kind, permanent family shelter built inside an Amazon office building with capacity for up to 200 moms, dads, and children experiencing homelessness each night, is now open. The shelter, which began housing families at the start of the COVID-19 outbreak in Seattle, is expected to support more than 1,000 family members per year. Mary’s Place Family Center in The Regrade increased Mary’s Place’s overall shelter capacity in King County by 40%. It is the largest…

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Amazon Commits $10 Million to Restore and Conserve in Partnership with The Nature Conservancy

Amazon has announced a $10 million grant to conserve, restore, and support sustainable forestry, wildlife and nature-based solutions across the Appalachian Mountains, in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy. Nature-based solutions refer to the sustainable management and use of nature for tackling challenges such as removing carbon from the atmosphere to slow climate change and helping maintain water and food security, biodiversity protection, human health, and disaster risk management. This funding will initially support projects in Pennsylvania and Vermont that will help family forest owners sequester carbon and support expansion across…

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