To curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic and to set the highest safety standards during this challenging time, the ride-hailing company Uber has formed a transport safety alliance with some prominent organisations in Bangladesh.
The organisations with whom it allied are DBL Pharma, Zantrik, Dettol (Reckitt Benckiser) and the Fresh Tissue.
The alliance will raise safety awareness among customers, and equip drivers with necessary health and safety gears to ensure safer rides, said a media statement issued on Saturday.
Under this alliance, Uber and its allies will distribute key safety equipment such as masks, soaps, tissues, and sanitisers to its drivers from Zantrik-provided distribution points.
To this respect, Reckitt Benckiser will provide Dettol soap bars free of cost, and the Fresh will contribute tissue paper boxes for distribution to drivers.
In April, DBL Pharma had sponsored all costs of a third party-led offline initiative, Project Crack Platoon, for free transportation of healthcare professionals using the Uber driver-partners who were funded and provided full-bodied PPEs. This time around, DBL will provide masks for Uber driver-partners.
Commenting on the issue, Ratul Ghosh, head of Uber for East India and Bangladesh, said, "In these challenging times, the one thing that hasn't changed is Uber's commitment towards the economy, the safety of our communities, and to #MoveWhatMatters."
"We formed this alliance with the single objective of joining forces with reputed organisations and brands to provide the highest safety standards to our customers and riders. I am thankful to all our partners for their valuable contributions," he said.
"As always, we will continue to invest in tech, safety protocols and will comply with all government guidelines to help keep everyone who uses the Uber platform safe," Ratul added.
Vishal Gupta, general manager at Reckitt Benckiser (Bangladesh) Ltd, said, "We believe Dettol has a critical role to play in promoting hygiene practices in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, and we are trying to take every measure to ensure that."
"We are thankful to all the partners and committed to ensuring the objectives of this alliance are achieved," he further said.
Uber is committed to supporting its communities in these incredibly challenging times. Working collaboratively with other organisations increases the possibility of containing the spread of the virus and puts communities on the path to recovery, the media statement read.