Despite pressure from civil rights groups, activist investors and its own employees, Amazon said Wednesday that shareholders at an annual meeting in Seattle voted against proposals related to two major social issues: climate change and facial recognition technology.

The two proposals on facial recognition had asked Amazon to stop selling its technology to government agencies, saying that it could be used to invade people’s privacy and target minorities.

Earlier this month, San Francisco banned the use of facial recognition software by police and other city departments. Amazon has defended its facial recognition technology, saying that it helps law enforcement catch criminals, find missing people and prevent crime.

Emily Cunningham, left, who works as a user experience designer at Amazon.com, speaks as Kathryn Dellinger, right, who also works for Amazon, looks on, during a news conference following Amazon's annual shareholders meeting, Wednesday, May 22, 2019, in Seattle. Both women are part of the group
Emily Cunningham, left, who works as a user experience designer at Amazon.com, speaks as Kathryn Dellinger, right, who also works for Amazon, looks on, during a news conference following Amazon’s annual shareholders meeting, Wednesday, May 22, 2019, in Seattle. Both women are part of the group “Amazon Employees for Climate Justice.” (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

The climate change proposal, backed by more than 7,600 Amazon employees, pushed the company to release a detailed plan on how it will curb its use of fossil fuels that power its data centers and planes that ship its packages.

After the shareholding meeting in Seattle Wednesday, the employees said that they plan to continue to put pressure on Amazon to do more to reduce its impact on climate change. Amazon said it already has plans to release its carbon footprint later this year and has been working to cut shipping emissions.

Amazon did not release shareholder vote totals on Wednesday, but said it will release them later this week in a government filing.

Pilots demonstrating for better working conditions people who fly planes for Amazon.com and Atlas Air Worldwide picket outside Amazon.com's annual shareholders meeting, Wednesday, May 22, 2019, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Pilots demonstrating for better working conditions people who fly planes for Amazon.com and Atlas Air Worldwide picket outside Amazon.com’s annual shareholders meeting, Wednesday, May 22, 2019, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
People asking Amazon.com to take a stronger role in fighting climate change and environmental issues, demonstrate outside Amazon.com's annual shareholders meeting, Wednesday, May 22, 2019, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
People asking Amazon.com to take a stronger role in fighting climate change and environmental issues, demonstrate outside Amazon.com’s annual shareholders meeting, Wednesday, May 22, 2019, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
People asking Amazon.com to not sell face-recognition and other technology to federal government agencies including Immigration and Customs Enforcement, demonstrate outside Amazon.com's annual shareholders meeting, Wednesday, May 22, 2019, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
People asking Amazon.com to not sell face-recognition and other technology to federal government agencies including Immigration and Customs Enforcement, demonstrate outside Amazon.com’s annual shareholders meeting, Wednesday, May 22, 2019, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)