Canadian Lawyer InHouse

June/July 2021

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Page 30 of 35 29 "When we think about supporting the organization, we really think about Uber's full ecosystem of stakeholders including drivers, delivery people, riders and restaurant partners." thousands of other drivers transition to battery electric vehicles by 2025. Journey planning is another green travel option that allows people to plan a journey on public transport using the Uber app. Uber has declared a commitment to becoming a fully electric, zero-emission platform by 2040, with 100 per cent of rides taking place in zero-emission vehicles, on public transit or with bike and scooter rentals. Enhancing efficiency within his department is a priority for Millard. His team has almost achieved a paperless environment, and he hopes to continue his goal to transition any remaining paper correspondence to the digital world. value the flexibility of the work they do, but they are also looking for additional protections that aren't currently available under the law," says Millard. Supporting sustainability is another crucial goal for the legal department this year through strategies such as incentivizing trips in hybrid electric cars and improving technology to make drivers more aware of green travel options. Riders choosing Uber Green pay a $1 fee. Half of that fee will go to the driver to support their use of a hybrid or electric vehicle. The other half will go toward Uber's Green Future program, which will help hundreds of Members of Uber's legal team: (left to right) Nicolas Chaput, senior legal counsel; Nicole Chiarelli, associate counsel; Jeremy Millard, legal director; Kelly Kwan, senior counsel; and Nicolas Cloutier, external counsel partner at McCarthy T├ętrault Managing as much work as possible in-house allows the team to stay closely connected to the business. However, the team does use external counsel partners in certain circumstances. "We use external counsel generally for larger battles where we need greater resources, but, even then, our approach is to embed ourselves within the external team, so we'll be drafting materials for the next strategy alongside outside counsel," says Millard. UBER EATS HELPS CANADIAN RESTAURANTS In April, Restaurants Canada and Uber Eats distributed $1 million in grants to 400 independently owned restaurants across Canada. This program is part of a partnership to support restaurants that have had to keep their dine-in service closed or restricted. It is part of the "Eat Local Relief Effort," a Canadian Uber Eats initiative to support restaurants. After receiving more than 1,500 applications in the first week, 400 restaurants were selected based on financial need, having fewer than five locations and a maximum of 50 employees per location.

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