Strong communities require different backgrounds, perspectives, and inclusion.
Our employees represent more than 70 countries, and our riders and drivers still more than that. We publicly support policies that help promote diversity and inclusion in the countries where we operate. Our stance is clear in our Community Guidelines: racism and discrimination have no place on our platform. We take complaints of this behavior very seriously and are committed to taking swift and firm action. There’s just no other way to move forward.
Many of our riders, drivers, and employees are immigrants—and we support them, as we did in these efforts:
We pledged $3 million to support drivers affected by the decision in the US. They were offered free legal help, and nearly 500 reached out for assistance. Through our efforts, 26 drivers were reunited with family members separated by the travel ban, and Uber flew 68 people to reunite them with their families in the US.
The Mercury News, March 20, 2017
“Immigrants often risk their lives for a chance at freedom and opportunity, and our country remains the world's beacon of freedom and opportunity. Immigrants have built and contributed to America since its very beginning and are at the center of our social fabric and economic prosperity. My heart breaks to see so many people who are in the same situation today that I was in many years ago.”
In addition to sending a message of support and solidarity to all US-based riders and drivers in light of what happened in Charlottesville in August 2017, we made a contribution to the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League.
Among other actions, our CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, dispatched the company’s legal team to partner with law firms focused on pro bono work to help separated families. Adds FWD.us President Todd Schulte: “Uber’s commitment in the fight to keep families together will allow many families to travel together to their next destination.”
We put our Community Guidelines in place to help ensure a respectful, safe environment for all drivers and riders.
We will continue to find opportunities to show our dedication to equality for all people, regardless of race or ethnicity. We will act swiftly and decisively to uphold our Community Guidelines, which contains our policy against discrimination of any kind. That includes banning access to the app.