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Grab rolls out initiatives to support community, partners

By T.Quang

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In eight years of operation in Vietnam, ride-hailing firm Grab has expanded its presence to many cities and provinces nationwide. Besides business plans, its community spirit with practical corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities is praiseworthy.

Over the years, the firm has conducted multiple programs to support its partner-drivers and restaurants in its ecosystem and the entire community.

Doing good for community

In March, Grab joined forces with the National Fund for Vietnamese Children to build a bridge spanning Tien Hien Stream in Huong Hiep Commune, Dakrong District, Quang Tri Province.

The project required an investment of VND990 million, including VND900 million donated by Grab Vietnam and its customers and VND90 million sourced from the local reciprocal capital. The bridge ensures the safe and convenient travel of over 350 students and teachers and nearly 1,400 residents of Huong Hiep Commune, and facilitates the transport of goods, thus promoting the local economic development.

This is the sixth bridge under the “Building a bridge to class” project executed by Grab Vietnam and the National Fund for Vietnamese Children under the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs. The project is aimed at facilitating children in difficult areas to go to school, contributing to realizing a national program on building new-style rural areas.

Earlier, the ride-hailing firm and the National Fund for Vietnamese Children have since May 2019 developed five bridges worth nearly VND5 billion under this initiative, including two bridges in each of Vinh Long and Ha Giang, and one in Tien Giang.

In addition, Grab has launched digital knowledge training programs and supported agricultural cooperatives in digital transformation. These programs were carried out by Grab, the Enterprise Development Agency under the Ministry of Planning and Investment, the Agro Processing and Market Development Authority under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Investment and Trade Promotion Center under the Vietnam Cooperative Alliance.

In specifics, Grab joined hands with these agencies to organize a training program themed “Digital sale strategy for agricultural products-specialties of the Mekong Delta” in Can Tho City on May 28. Under the program, digital techniques and solutions were provided to more than 100 cooperatives and farmers in Can Tho and its neighboring provinces in the Mekong Delta.

On June 9, Grab cooperated with these above-mentioned partners to hold another training course themed “Applying e-commerce in and promoting trade and investment for cooperatives in 2022” in Hanoi with the attendance of over 200 representatives of cooperatives and enterprises across the country.

A similar training course was also launched in Danang City in March with the participation of 80 cooperatives.

In total, nearly 400 cooperatives in some cities and provinces have been equipped with knowledge and skills in digital transformation and how to put agricultural products up for sale on the Grab platform.

Great care for partner-drivers

In August, Grab initiated a program to express its gratitude to its partner-drivers nationwide to celebrate its eight-year presence in Vietnam. Through the program, Grab wanted to thank its partners for trusting and accompanying the firm from the very first days in Vietnam.

In particular, GrabCar drivers opening Grab Driver accounts in 2014 and GrabBike drivers with accounts opened in 2014 and 2015 received gifts worth up to VND4 million each.

Moreover, in the same month, the ride-hailing firm offered bonuses for drivers to encourage them to provide the best possible services to customers.

Under the program, drivers with good performances in August would receive VND1.888 million each.

In June, due to the rising prices of fuels and other commodities, Grab presented gasoline vouchers worth a total VND6.3 billion to Platinum and Gold drivers in some localities.

Such drivers also received the PTI-Vung Tam insurance package provided by Au Lac Post & Telecommunication Insurance Company, an arm of Post and Telecommunication Joint Stock Insurance Corporation.

In January this year, when the Covid-19 pandemic remained complicated, Grab prepared thousands of products, including face masks, disinfectant pray, hand sanitizers, safety leaflets and Areon car air fresheners, to ensure safety for GrabCar drivers and customers in Hanoi.

Children of Grab’s partner-drivers have also benefited from Grab’s CSR activities.

In June, Grab held the “Children’s festival” program to celebrate the International Children’s Day (June 1). The firm presented 2,400 gift sets, including backpacks, face masks and greetings cards, to children of its partner-drivers nationwide. Grab also held a contest in which partner-drivers’ children can show their talent.

Furthermore, to support these children to widen their knowledge and provide them more studying opportunities in the future, Grab coordinated with the Everest Education Center to conduct the “Green Buds Scholarship – Future Wings” program from November 2021 to March 2022, awarding 20 Spark scholarships to help students learn English and Math in the English language online and three College Compass scholarships for an online training course for studying in the United States.

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