Bengaluru-based food delivery firm Swiggy has introduced a two-day paid monthly period time-off policy for its female delivery partners.
Upon opting for the time-off, the delivery partners will receive a minimum earnings guarantee.
“In 2016 we onboarded our first female delivery partner in Pune. Since then we have been striving to build inclusivity and diversity across the platform with a commitment towards increasing the number of women delivery partners in Swiggy’s delivery fleet,” shared a blogpost from the food delivery brand.
It also mentioned that to bring about necessary changes, it ensures to stay cognizant of the challenges its women delivery partners face, especially with respect to access and safety. “Creating an environment that encourages women to consider delivering with Swiggy is a priority, and here are some of our recent efforts in that direction,” it added further.
As per the statement, several women who are interested in on-boarding with Swiggy either lack access to personal motor vehicles, or don’t have a driver’s license at all.
“We’re addressing this issue in two ways. First, assuring them that delivery by bicycle is a viable option for short-distance orders. In fact, 22% of our women delivery partners deliver on bicycles. Second, we’re also working with electric mobility partners to facilitate EV cycles and bikes (sub 25kmph) on rent,” it added.
Out of 200,000 delivery partners that Swiggy has, about 1,000 of them are women delivery partners; interestingly 99 per cent of them are under the age of 45 and 35 per cent of them want to continue further their studies.
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