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December 8, 2023

Amazon's plans to advance its interests in California are laid bare in leaked memo

  • The memo lists these concerns: warehouse moratoriums; labor organizing among contracted delivery drivers; and community groups that are not accepting charitable donations.
  • By HALELUYA HADERO
    AP Business Writer

    NEW YORK — An internal Amazon memo has provided a stark look at the company's carefully laid out plans to grow its influence in Southern California through a plethora of efforts that include burnishing its reputation through charity work and pushing back against “labor agitation” from the Teamsters and other groups.

    The eight-page document — titled “community engagement plan” for 2024 — provides a rare glimpse into how one of America's biggest companies executes on its public relations objectives and attempts to curtail reputational harm stemming from criticisms of its business. It also illustrates how Amazon aims to methodically court local politicians and community groups in order to push its interests in a region where it could be hampered by local moratoriums on warehouse development, and it is facing resistance from environmental and labor activists.


     
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