Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, announced on Wednesday the launch of a climate-friendly program to help customers buy sustainable products as part of its commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2040.

Amazon said in a statement that customers will now see more than 25,000 products, including groceries, household, fashion, beauty and personal electronics, with a “climate commitment commitment” label.

CEO Jeff Bezos said: “Through 18 external certification programs and our own compact design certification, we are incentivizing sales partners to create sustainable products and protect the planet for future generations.”

Amazon delivers about 10 billion items every year and has a huge business volume in transportation and data centers, but it has encountered protests from environmentalists and pressure from its employees to take action to address climate change.

The company said in June that it would launch the Climate Commitment Fund, a US$2 billion (approximately Rs. 15,130 crore) venture capital fund that will invest in companies from all walks of life to help reduce the impact of climate change and support sustainable development.

Last year, Bezos promised to make Amazon carbon neutral by 2040. This was the first major company to announce this goal and purchased 100,000 electric delivery vehicles from the American car design and manufacturing startup Rivian.

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