Updates on DiDi China’s Business, February 27, 2020
1. DiDi Women’s Network Donated Feminine Care Products to Female Medical Workers in Wuhan
On February 21, 2020, DiDi Women’s Network (“DDWN”) donated RMB200,000 worth of feminine care products to female medical workers in Wuhan. The donation is on behalf of all Didi Chuxing’s (“DiDi”) female employees.
Women account for 70% of the global medical personnel, and are a key pillar of the public healthcare system. According to statistics published by the Shanghai Women’s Federation, over 50% of doctors and 90% of nurses combatting the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan are women. Special feminine care products like menstrual pants help them deal with long and intense working hours in protective gears.
DDWN, started as a women career development initiative in 2017, has expanded to include initiatives such as safeguarding the health of women drivers and supporting children education program in both China and beyond. At DiDi, 40% of employees and 25% of senior management are women.
2. DiDi’s Special Fleets for Medical Workers Expand to 14 Cities
As of February 27, 2020, DiDi, through its special in-app set-up, has provided free transportation services to 23,680 medical workers in China across 14 cities, including Wuhan, Xiamen, Beijing and Shanghai. Over 100,000 drivers across the nation have applied to join the special medical fleets.
The fleets were initially launched in Wuhan to provide transportation services to medical staff and citizens with special-needs amid the city’s public transport lockdown. Service stations were set up in 157 cities across China to distribute free masks and disinfectants, as well as to assist drivers to install plastic dividers in their vehicles to ensure driver safety and help them maintain their normal course of service.
3. DiDi’s Car-rental Service Launches Special 7-Day Free Trial Program
On February 26, 2020, Xiaoju Car Rental, a unit under DiDi’s Xiaoju Automobile Solutions (“XAS”), announced that 10,000 rental cars have been put on the DiDi app for a free 7-day trial. The promotion will first roll out in Shenzhen, Dongguan, Xiamen Nanning before expanding to other cities in the coming months.
Car rental, energy and auto-services are the three pillars of XAS’s business. Apart from providing leasing services to DiDi’s vast pool of ride-hailing drivers, XAS is also actively expanding its short-term and long-term rental and car-sharing services to private car owners.