Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, who is also the world’s richest man, has been facing tremendous backlash after he asked the public to donate for his public relief fund for his employees.
The Amazon Relief Fund was created with $25 million by the company so they could assist their employees and partners.
The relief fund was made for employees that were responsible for the necessary task of delivering all the products consumers order all over the USA.
According to Amazon, the relief fund is prioritizing in “supporting our US-based Delivery Associates employed by Delivery Service Providers, our Amazon Flex Delivery Partners, and Associates working for Integrity Staffing, Adecco Staffing, and RES Staffing, and drivers and support team members of line haul partners under financial distress due to a Covid-19 diagnosis or quarantine.”
Besides the company contributing the $25 million to the relief fund, it will also allow the public to donate if they think it can help other people.
Amazon wrote: “While we aren’t expecting anyone to do so, you can make a voluntary donation to the fund if you desire to do so.”
Amazon changed the wording after initially encouraging people to donate via text.
After the company asked people to donate to the relief fund, people started to comment.
After reading the news, a Twitter user said: “How is your company worth over a TRILLION dollars and you want the public to donate to an employee relief fund?! As if Amazon can’t pay their employees themselves.”
How is your company worth over a TRILLION dollars and you want the public to donate to an employee relief fund?! As if Amazon can’t pay their employees themselves smfh
— Bean$z (@Beanszzz) March 21, 2020
The worth of Amazon is currently at $1 trillion USD.
The net worth of Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, is at around $114 billion USD, which makes him the world’s richest man.
In 2018, the company had an income of $11 billion USD and did not pay a single penny in federal taxes.
In a statement that was released by the spokesperson of Amazon, they said: “We are not and have not asked for donations and the Amazon Relief Fund has been funded by Amazon with an initial donation of $25 million. The structure to operate a fund like this, which hundreds of companies do through the same third-party, requires the program to be open to public contributions but we are not soliciting those contributions in any way.”
As the WHO said that the coronavirus is now a pandemic, Amazon announced that they will be hiring an additional 100,000 employees to help address the surge in demand for its services.
They have also announced that they will be giving out a $2 increase in per hour payment for its workers and doubled pay when working overtime for employees on the frontlines.