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Grubhub is committed to operating responsibly not just throughout Earth Month but on every day of the year. As a business that relies on delivery, we are working to reduce the carbon footprint of our direct operations while collaborating with our partners to reduce emissions, single-use packaging, and food waste.
Working with our parent company, Just Eat Takeaway.com, we’ve pledged to reach net-zero emissions by 2030 by sourcing green energy, optimizing heating and cooling systems, switching to electric vehicles, and improving sustainability of our facilities around the world.
Helping to Eliminate Single-Use Plastics
In 2021, Grubhub joined #CutOutCutlery, an initiative by non-profit Habits of Waste to remove millions of pieces of plastic cutlery from the environment. We’re currently supporting legislation in New York, California, and Colorado that requires customers to opt-in to delivery of single-use plastic products and encourage our hundreds of thousands of restaurant partners to use recyclable or compostable containers.
We’re also using our own platform to reduce the use of single-use plastics and promote mindful recycling behaviors among consumers. In early 2022, Grubhub adopted a position of default to opt out of receiving plastic cutlery when placing an order unless they specifically request it.
Reducing Food Waste
Grubhub is a major supporter of the bipartisan Food Donation Improvement Act (sponsored by Senators Blumenthal and Toomey), which would help the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reach their goal of reducing food loss and waste by 50 percent by 2030. This goal is in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 2 of halving per capita food waste at retail and consumer levels and reducing food waste along production and supply chains. By passing the Food Donation Improvement Act, we can not only help the environment but also provide immediate relief to the millions of Americans currently experiencing food insecurity.
In 2021, the Grubhub Community Fund partnered with food rescue organizations including Rescuing Leftover Cuisine and MEANS Database to help reduce food waste and deliver meals to those in need. GCR donations to these organizations, including those from our diners through our Donate The Change program, totaled more than $2 million last year, and we have recommitted to these partnerships in 2022.
Grubhub’s commitments don’t stop here
We’ve long embraced our responsibility at Grubhub to use our resources and partnerships to increase the positive impact we can have on the communities we serve. These moves are an important step in the journey Grubhub is embarking on towards more sustainable business practices.
Join Grubhub on this journey to a safer, greener, more sustainable world today.