Date
20 November 2018
Amazon gives 0.5 percent of almost any order’s purchase price to a charity selected by customers who opt into its charity program in the United States, United Kingdom and Germany. Photo: Bloomberg
Amazon gives 0.5 percent of almost any order’s purchase price to a charity selected by customers who opt into its charity program in the United States, United Kingdom and Germany. Photo: Bloomberg

Amazon says it has donated US$100 million from sales since 2013

Amazon.com Inc. said it has donated more than US$100 million since 2013 to charities chosen by shoppers, Reuters reports.

The world’s biggest online retailer gives 0.5 percent of almost any order’s purchase price to a charity selected by customers who opt into its free “AmazonSmile” program, in the United States, United Kingdom and Germany.

Amazon did not say which groups have received the most support but said they are legally recognized charities, including hospitals and humanitarian organizations.

“Customers [are] now bringing clean water to over 42,000 people around the world,” said Scott Harrison, founder of New York non-profit organization Charity: Water in a statement.

Charities have received a total of US$105,515,619.04 as of October 2018, a check of its website showed.

Amazon and its founder Jeff Bezos have announced unrelated philanthropy in recent weeks as well as a wage hike, amid criticism of the company’s pay and working conditions.

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