Facebook’s chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has said the social media company is investigating allegations that its donations to environmental charities were mismanaged.
Zuckerberg was speaking on a conference call to discuss its $100bn (£76bn) annual spending on social initiatives, and that it was also investigating allegations from its own employees.
In the call, Zuckerberg said the company would be taking steps to make sure it “doesn’t happen again”.
“I want to make clear that this is not about me,” Zuckerberg said.
“This is about doing everything we can to ensure this doesn’t happen to anyone else.”
Zuckerburg did not directly address whether the allegations were true, but he said the investigation had already started.
“We are working on it,” he said.
Facebook had previously admitted it had made errors and mismanaged its charity offerings.
In October, the company said it would be adding more transparency to its donation programs, and would review how it uses data to support its charitable initiatives.
In March, Zuckerberg apologised to a number of environmental charities for the company’s charity giving, saying he had “not done enough to address the impact” of his actions.
“I sincerely apologise to the thousands of people who work with us to protect the environment, and I know that this has impacted on their relationships with the company,” he wrote.
Zuck was speaking in New York at the opening of the New York Global Summit, which will also feature a keynote address from Facebook chief executive officer Sheryl Sandberg.
Facebook’s efforts to address climate change have been a subject of growing scrutiny, particularly after it was revealed that its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, was the subject of an FBI investigation into money laundering in China, and was forced to resign in November.
In his speech on Tuesday, Zuckerberg took aim at the environmental and political left, accusing them of wanting to “dismantle our nation”.
“It’s not a new thing that a lot of liberals and leftists are interested in dismantling our country, because our democracy is not just about who we elect to office.
It’s about who governs, who rules and how we govern,” he told the audience.”
And we know that if we don’t elect people who understand how to govern, our country will become less secure.”
It is up to us to make it happen.
It is up for us to be a force for good.