From Bloomberg News:
Amazon.com Inc. said it agreed to undergo an independent racial equity audit, joining companies including Citigroup Inc. and Tyson Foods Inc. in performing such reviews.
The audit — an analysis of companies to see whether their businesses cause and perpetuate discrimination — will be led by former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, a partner at law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, Amazon said in a proxy statement filed Thursday.
The review will measure any disparate racial impacts on Amazon’s U.S. hourly employees resulting from policies, programs and practices, the world’s largest online retailer said. The Seattle-based company said it will publish the audit’s results once completed.
New York State Common Retirement Fund filed a shareholder resolution with Amazon in 2021, asking for a racial audit. The request cited alleged discrimination of the company’s Black and Latinx workers, their low wages and exposure to dangerous working conditions, including Covid-19, as well as air pollution from distribution facilities located in minority neighborhoods.
There could be a myriad reasons that there isn’t perfect racial parity all levels of Amazon or any corporation other than straight racist discrimination.
We know, for instance, that people of different races and cultures select different majors. White and Asian students make up higher percentages in finance and STEM. Black l students tend to gravitate towards lower earning majors such as education, social work, and public affairs.
So if you were to audit a tech company or a bank, what do you think the upper ranks would look like given racial representation in college majors and applicant pools?
But the baseline assumption is that any difference is the result of bigotry and nothing else.
The auditors will come up with whatever conclusion they want, because the point here is to shakedown corporations.
Put the people we want in the positions we want or we will declare your company bigoted and destroy your reputation.
It’s the Soviet system using race.
All this will do is deepen racial divisions in society. But I assume that’s also the point.