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•  From Bloomberg:

" Inc. struck deals to boost its access to renewable energy by almost a third as the company looks to get all of its power from green sources within a few years.

"The retail giant will buy power from 3.5 gigawatts of new projects -- mostly solar farms in the U.S. -- to supply its offices, warehouses and data centers, it said in a statement. Amazon is seeking to bolster its standing as the world’s largest corporate green energy buyer as investors and consumers pressure big businesses to go greener, and has signed a number of deals in recent years.

"Power purchase agreements are a key way to scale up green energy. Buyers can use them to reach corporate sustainability goals, while developers benefit by having stable demand for electricity that can help underpin financing agreements to build new projects."

•  From the Financial Times:

"Amazon plans to expand a scheme to send injured US warehouse staff to non-profit groups, such as homeless shelters, kitchens and charity shops, in what workers’ rights advocates argue is an effort to mask a safety crisis at the company.

"The programme, which covers at least 250 Amazon locations in 33 US states, enables Amazon to send fewer workers home sick — despite them potentially not being fit enough to work in an available job at one of its own facilities.

"Workers involved in the Amazon Community Together scheme are considered to be on 'light duty' and remain on full pay. Staff have been sent to groups such as the Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity and the homelessness charity Help of Southern Nevada.

"However, the effort also allows the $1.6tn company to reduce its Lost Time Incident Rate (LTIR) — a politically-sensitive measure that highlights the number of more severe incidents at its facilities. The most common injuries, according to Amazon, are musculoskeletal disorders, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, muscle strains and lower back injuries."