ASBC Statements in Support of Amazon’s Pledge to Raise its Starting Wage and Lobby for a Federal Minimum Wage Increase

Media Release

Washington, DC – In response to Amazon’s announcement that it will work with Congress to raise the federal minimum wage above its current rate of $7.25, the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) released statements supporting the move.

“We applaud Amazon for its plan to work with Congress to raise the federal minimum wage above $7.25. Other large companies have raised their own wages, but Amazon stands out as a leader for committing to push Congress to raise the minimum wage for all employees in America. A strong minimum wage boosts consumer demand, which starts a virtuous cycle of economic growth,” said Hammad Atassi, CEO of ASBC.

Holly Sklar, CEO of Business for a Fair Minimum Wage and serves on ASBC’s Board of Directors, said, “Amazon’s moves to raise its entry pay to $15 and advocate for raising the federal minimum wage are big steps forward. All businesses, big and small, should pay a wage that workers can live on. It’s way past time to raise the impoverishing $7.25 federal minimum wage, strengthen consumer demand, and help level the playing field among businesses.”

Business for a Fair Minimum Wage has a sign-on statement for businesses to show their support of a strong federal minimum wage. It may be found here: http://bit.ly/2P6c3dk.

ASBC’s report, The High-road Workplace: Route to a Sustainable Economy, describes the benefits of high-road employment practices and public policies, including a strong minimum wage.

The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) partners with business organizations and companies to advocate for solutions and policies that support an equitable, sustainable, stakeholder economy. We are a multi-issue, business organization advocating on behalf of all sectors, sizes, and geographies of industry. ASBC and our association members collectively represent over 250,000 businesses across our networks.

We are coalition-focused in our approach to solving the pervasive and systemic issues of climate and energy, infrastructure, circular economy, and creating an inclusive stakeholder economy, all seen through the lens of racial equity and justice. We are changing the rules by which business is done so it is better for all people and the environment