UberEats offering free delivery for black-owned businesses in US and Canada
The policy will be in place for the rest of 2020
UberEats has announced it is waiving all delivery charges for restaurants owned by black people.
The policy covers select cities across the US and Canada and will remain in place for the rest of 2020.
Along with the free delivery, the black-owned businesses will also be featured in a prominent list on the app. When the app is opened, a prompt will suggest users ‘support black-owned restaurants’.
The restaurant list has been compiled by Uber employees, based on information from local organisations, along with publicly available sources.
Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of Uber said, “We know there is no easy solution to the problem we have faced for centuries. We also know that we need to devote our time, energy and resources toward making a difference.”
Khosrowshahi ended the emailed statement with, “Lastly, let me speak clearly and unequivocally: Black Lives Matter.”
And it’s not just the free delivery, alongside the new plans, Uber has made a $1m donation to the Equal Justice Initiative and Center for Policing Equity; introduced a policy tying Uber executive’s salaries to them making progress in diversity goals; is offering discounted rides to black-owned businesses affected by Coronavirus; and publishing the company’s workforce data.
However, despite these steps, UberEats is not lowering the 30% service fee charge for restaurants using the app. The hospitality industry has taken a huge hit during the course of the global pandemic, and the 30% charge is significant.
Food delivery company Postmates has also added free-delivery for black-owned restaurants across 130 cities in the US, with no cost to restaurants. To be included in the promotion, Postmates is asking customers to tag black-owned restaurants on social media.
Here's what some other food brands in the US are doing to support Black Lives Matter, from Ben & Jerry's, to Taco Bell.