We reimagine the way the world moves for the better
Our environmental, social, and governance (ESG) vision is the seamless integration of ESG principles into business decision-making to promote long-term value for our stakeholders.
2021 ESG Report
Uber’s 2021 ESG Report highlights our perspectives on the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues that matter most to our business and our stakeholders—including platform users (drivers, delivery people, merchants, and consumers), employees, cities, regulators, and investors. The report is intended to provide a high-level overview of Uber’s views on, approach to, and performance on key ESG issues.
Data is as of December 31, 2020, unless otherwise noted. The narratives in the report may cover issues through July 2021.
Select Uber policies and reporting
Human Rights Policy
At Uber, we and our subsidiaries believe that all human beings should be treated with dignity, fairness, and respect. We believe everyone should have the right to move freely, safely, and without fear.
One of our core ESG principles is to support the transition to a low-carbon economy through technologies, policies, and processes that embrace the Paris Agreement, while addressing social equity concerns.
People and Culture Report
We believe that everyone should be empowered to move freely and safely—physically, economically, and socially. To do that, we must fight racism and be a champion for full equity, both inside our company and on our platform.
2021 Climate Assessment and Performance Report
Uber’s impact matters. As the largest mobility platform in the world, we have a responsibility to the people and cities we serve to continually reduce the environmental impact of trips taken with our app.
US Safety Report
Uber’s US Safety Report, the first comprehensive publication of its kind to be issued by a company, shares details on Uber’s safety progress, its processes, and data related to the reports of the most serious safety incidents occurring on our platform.
Global Tax Strategy
Uber believes paying taxes in the communities where we operate helps build resilient and robust local economies. Uber’s Global Tax team works to make that happen.
US Corporate Political Activity Policy
Uber believes in responsible corporate participation in federal, state, and local public policy discussions on matters that affect our business. We participate in the political process to help shape public policy and government actions that are consistent with our values and business objectives.
Policy against Bribery and Corruption
We are committed to observing high standards of ethical conduct everywhere that we operate and in everything that we do.
Uber’s 9 material ESG issues
Uber is committed to sustainability as we reimagine the way the world moves for the better
Uber performed a materiality assessment to inform the company’s ESG reporting and strategy. This assessment was originally completed in June 2020 amid the active COVID-19 pandemic, a divisive political environment, civil unrest regarding systemic racism and inequality, and a deeply recessed global economy. The assessment captured the ESG issues deemed to be of greatest relative importance to Uber as of that time. The results of this assessment continue to form the basis of our 2021 reporting.
The ESG materiality assessment was designed to identify the most relevant, or material, issues from an ESG perspective, which is a different standard than that used in our financial disclosures.
Uber’s Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors is committed to best-in-class corporate governance and firmly believes that we must be transparent with, and accountable to, our stockholders with respect to our culture, governance, and corporate responsibility. In our journey to build out a world-class public company governance structure, we have strengthened and developed a Board of Directors with a diverse set of backgrounds, skills, and experiences.
Data below is as of March 29, 2021.
85% of S&P 500 companies’ directors are independent.
28% of S&P 500 companies’ directors are female.
20% of all directors of the top 200 S&P 500 companies are ethnic minorities.
7.9 years is the average tenure of S&P 500 companies’ boards.
63 is the average age of S&P 500 companies’ directors.
Skills, experience, and background
The ESG issues identified in our assessment are important to the long-term success of our business and our business strategy. As such, and as appropriate, they are overseen by Uber’s Board of Directors and the Board’s independent Audit, Compensation, and Nominating and Governance Committees. Below is a high-level summary of how the Board and its committees have overseen these key issues in 2020 and early 2021.
Amended its charter to explicitly oversee issues related to data privacy.
Amended its charter to explicitly provide oversight for the company’s human capital strategies, initiatives, and programs with respect to our culture, talent, recruitment, retention, and employee engagement.
Nominating and Governance Committee
Amended its charter to oversee environmental, social, and governance matters, including explicit reference to environmental sustainability as well as corporate political activities and contributions and lobbying activities.
Integrity and trust
Ethics and compliance
The Ethics and Compliance team has built and maintains a comprehensive program of policies, processes, and controls to prevent, detect, and respond to conduct that is unlawful, is unethical, or violates Uber’s policies, and monitor company risks to continuously evolve and improve the program.
Doing the right thing. Period.
“It’s important to remember that it’s not just what we will accomplish that matters—how we succeed, and our personal and professional conduct along the way, matters just as much. We expect all Uber employees to accept certain responsibilities and exhibit a high degree of integrity at all times.”
Tony West, Chief Legal Officer, Uber
The mission of Uber’s Ethics and Compliance team is to serve as a trusted business partner to facilitate Uber’s success and guide the conduct of all employees. We do this by fostering and enabling a culture of ethical decision-making, and guiding the Uber workforce to comply with all applicable laws, policies, and regulations.
We do the right thing with data
Uber’s Privacy Principles start with one of our core values: Do the right thing. Period. Our focus on law and ethics forms a strong foundation on which we build trust and confidence in a consistently positive user experience around the world. And as a data-driven company, we believe it’s everyone’s job to understand how that data is used, managed, and protected. All full-time employees receive mandatory data privacy and security training during their onboarding process and annually thereafter. Uber employees may also receive additional privacy and security training based on their role, or if they volunteer for Uber’s Privacy Champion program.
Privacy and transparency
When you use the Uber app, you trust us with your personal data. We’re committed to keeping that trust. That starts with helping you understand our privacy practices, which are described in detail in Uber’s Privacy Notice and summarized in our Privacy Overview.
Engaging with law enforcement
Uber is different from other tech companies. Because our platform facilitates rides for real people in real cars, we are committed to working with law enforcement and public health officials to respond quickly to valid data requests from government agencies.
Government Transparency Report
Uber is dedicated to protecting the privacy of our users and supporting the growth of cities. Our Government Transparency Report demonstrates our commitment to advancing these goals when it comes to responding to requests for user information.
Climate change and sustainability
Uber is committed to net-zero emissions by 2040
At Uber, we believe that sustainability is integral to the success of our business and recognize that Uber’s financial performance and prosperity can only be built alongside the prosperity of our key stakeholders
We believe that addressing climate change, reducing our own emissions, and helping Uber platform users move toward a lower-carbon future is the right thing to do and beneficial for long-term stockholder value.
More green mobility options
As the largest mobility platform in the world, we see it as our responsibility to more aggressively tackle the challenge of climate change and work in partnership with others to help cities build back better.
To reach our goals, we’re taking 5 actions to reduce emissions from riders served by our mobility platforms and corporate operations:
- Building convenient and affordable low-emission products for riders
- Supporting drivers’ fair transition to greener and electric vehicles
- Expanding multimodal options to provide sustainable alternatives to personal cars, including through public transit and micromobility
- Being transparent and accountable to the public by reporting on emissions and other environmental impacts
- Greening corporate operations by switching to renewable electricity and transitioning to healthy, efficient workplaces and IT infrastructure
Making movement equal for all
We’re moving people and places forward. Learn more about our commitments, see how Uber is taking action, and discover who is part of our global network.
By offering new models of earning opportunities to drivers, delivery people, and merchants.
By helping people move safely and focus on what matters most.
By creating opportunities for everyone to move and live in environmentally friendly ways.
By focusing on ways to rid our platform of discrimination and promote equality within and outside our company.