Amazon added two new entries to its touted “Leadership Principles” on Thursday, which is a list of more than a dozen business ideas designed to guide employees’ decisions and goals.
Many of Amazon’s leadership principles have existed since the company was founded, such as “customer first” and “invention and simplification”, and are the foundation of its corporate culture. The newly added content has a significantly different tone and contains themes of outstanding criticism of the company.
The first one, “strive to be the best employer on the planet”, requires leaders to “work every day to create a safer, more efficient, higher performance, more diverse and fairer working environment.
This is consistent with what CEO Jeff Bezos stated in his last letter to shareholders earlier this year, in which he recognized that Amazon needs to do better for its employees. Amazon has been facing daily criticism from employees who say it fostered a cruel workplace culture and that tensions peaked in April due to a failed union vote in a warehouse in Alabama.
Another supplement, “Success and scale bring broad responsibilities”, highlights how Amazon’s position as the world’s largest online retailer and cloud computing company brings new challenges
“We started in the garage, but we are already gone,” New Principles said. “We are great, we affect the world, but we are far from perfect. Even with regard to the side effects of our actions, we must remain humble and deliberate.”
Amazon is facing increasing pressure from regulators and legislators around the world , On whether it unfairly exerted its scale and influence on its competitors.
Amazon did not do this. He has updated his list of leadership principles since 2015, when he added the fourteenth principle, “Learn and stay curious.” This decision may be one of Bezos’ last actions as CEO. He plans to officially step down as CEO on July 5 and hand over the helm to cloud computing director Andy Jassy. Bezos will become the executive chairman of Amazon’s board of directors, giving him more time to focus on “new products and early plans,” he wrote in an email to Amazon employees in February