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Michael's community spirit lights up Black History Month at Amazon

Michael's community spirit lights up Black History Month at Amazon

The team from Amazon in Hinckley celebrated Black History Month with a series of events including a steel band playing in the fulfilment centre and free celebratory pins and lanyards.

Alongside the events, the Amazon team was also putting employees under the spotlight at the fulfilment centre who have shown an exceptional commitment to making a positive impact on Black Lives, either in the workplace or the community.

One of the Hinckley team who has made a real impact in the community is Michael Ghebre.

Michael, who works as a Health and Safety Coordinator at Amazon in Hinckley, is a regional winner in Amazon UK’s “That’s BENtastic” campaign. The campaign is run by Amazon’s Black Employee Network (BEN) and recognises and rewards black employees, and those who support the black community.

Michael gives up his own time to support the E2 Community Hub in Leicester that helps young Black and African people to develop skills and enhance their employment opportunities.

He said:

“I came to the UK to claim asylum and many people helped me get where I am today. I owe it to them to give something back and when the pandemic started, I knew I could help others, just as others had helped me.

"I used this time to educate my community on what humanity means and to volunteer to help vulnerable people in the Leicester area. I delivered food parcels to those who needed them and also tried to change people’s attitudes on race, culture and equality. I continue to try and make our community better, and I believe that good people make a good place. I’m pleased Amazon has recognised my efforts and I thank my colleagues for their support.”

Amazon Hinckley Site Leader, Ian Jackson, added:

“Michael’s work in our community is both important and inspiring and we’re proud he’s part of our team here at Amazon in Hinckley. Michael is one of a number of employees at our fulfilment centre who go above and beyond and work in their community, and it was fantastic to celebrate this important effort during Black History Month.”

Amazon’s Black Employee Network is focused on championing diversity and supporting the company with the inclusion of the diverse perspectives of people of Black and ethnic minority groups.

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