Archbishop’s Amazon backlash:
THE Archbishop of Canterbury faces questions over Amazon and zero-hours “hypocrisy”, as the church refused to reveal its full portfolio of investments.
Yesterday the Church of England declined to provide any detail on the Church Commissioners’ investments beyond the top 20 holdings.
Disclosed investments include Amazon, Alphabet, and HSBC, which have all been embroiled in scandals over tax avoidance. Earlier this week, Justin Welby named Amazon as among companies which “get away with paying almost nothing in tax”.
The Church said it would retain the investments but declined to provide detail of any action it was taking to implement change within the companies.
Clergy and bishops suggested that more information should be forthcoming, with Dr Helen-ann Hartley, the Bishop of Ripon, tweeting: “I think it would be good to hear how this challenge is making an impact”. The Rev Peter Ould, a priest from Canterbury, called for “more transparency about how they are working with companies like Amazon”.
It has also been revealed that several Church of England cathedrals have advertised zero-hours contract roles, which the Archbishop has also condemned.
Conservative MP Ben Bradley called his stance “hypocritical”.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, was accused of a “hypocritical” stance by Tory MP Ben Bradley