Viewpoint: MacKenzie Bezos’ Philanthropy: A Force For Good Or Empty Gesture?

Monday, June 10, 2019

By Lauren Coulman

In the same week that Amazon’s board rejected employee shareholder proposals to address climate change and consider the human rights implications of its technology, there is still good news to be found.

MacKenzie Bezos–ex-wife of Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos–announced on May 28 she would be donating at least half of her $37 billion fortune to good causes.

At a time when businesses are still coming to terms with the social responsibility that their platform and power bring, plus governments mired in political game-playing and inertia, putting to use the 4% ownership of the tech monolith received in the divorce settlement is seemingly a cause for celebration.

Photo courtesy of sallyjermain.

Source: Forbes (link opens in a new window)

corporate social responsibility, philanthropy, poverty alleviation