Zomato said it will enhance the earning and saving capacity of 1 million gig workers through upskilling, partnerships and benefit programs along with helping restaurants reduce food waste through training and collaborations.
Restaurant discovery and food ordering platform Zomato will support the growth of 3 lakh micro, small and medium restaurant businesses and food entrepreneurs as part of its sustainability goals for 2030. The company, at an event it organised on Wednesday in partnership with the industry association for technology startups IndiaTech, announced eight themes around which it outlined specific and measurable targets to achieve the overall goals by 2030.
Other than supporting the MSMEs in the restaurant business, Zomato said it will enhance the earning and saving capacity of 1 million gig workers through upskilling, partnerships and benefit programs along with helping restaurants reduce food waste through training and collaborations.
“Our visionary roadmap for 2030 signifies a significant stride towards a more sustainable and inclusive future. With a dedicated focus on eight material themes, this roadmap goes beyond the confines of food ordering and delivery, actively contributing to a world where every action leaves a positive imprint,” said Anjalli Ravi Kumar, Chief Sustainability Officer, Zomato.
The company said it will facilitate 100 per cent deliveries to be plastic neutral and delivered through electric vehicles (EVs). Moreover, 100 per cent plastic-free food orders by 2025, supporting the Feeding India programme in mobilizing resources to provide 300 million meals for underprivileged communities, minimum 50 per cent representation of diverse groups – women, LGBTQIA+, Persons with Disabilities (PwDs), veterans and other historically disadvantaged groups in its employee base and Board, etc., were among the goals listed.
Rameesh Kailasam, CEO, IndiaTech said, “With India witnessing a massive penetration of internet and smartphones and a growing innovative start-up platform ecosystem, the gig economy with its barrierless, flexible and participatory nature has given freedom and opportunity for those seeking work opportunities to engage and earn.”
Zomato, last week, had announced the rollout of its Daily Payouts programme for restaurants on its platform, particularly smaller eateries. The initiative allows restaurants, with 100 or fewer orders a month, daily access to their earnings, helping them address financial challenges faced with the traditional weekly payout mechanism.