In a continuation of the Concordia blog series, we're highlighting notable partnerships & new cross-sector ventures we read about this week.
Reserve a table at your favorite campus eatery.
Soon, that’s exactly what college students will be doing. As the U.S. gears up for a return to in-person learning, restaurant reservation service OpenTable is partnering with colleges across the country in an effort to keep their dining areas safe. Using the OpenTable app, students will be able to make on-campus reservations and view descriptions of menus and safety measures. They will also receive text notifications when a table becomes available.
WHY IT MATTERS: Public dining spaces are particularly vulnerable to crowding. As millions of students return to college campuses in the fall, OpenTable’s efforts to ensure smart, controlled, and efficient management of campus dining areas will prove critical.
Socially-conscious financial firm Aspiration and delivery service Postmates are joining forces to help essential workers do well by doing good.
On Thursday, Aspiration announced that it was partnering with Postmates to bring quality, ethical, and sustainable financial products to Postmates Fleet members. Aspiration accounts offer a “Pay What’s Fair” (even zero) monthly fee, fee-free access at over 55,000 Allpoint ATMs, and up to 15x higher interest than the national savings average. While big banks invest over $200 billion of customer money annually in fossil fuel companies and oil drilling and pipeline projects, Aspiration’s financial products prioritize environmentalism. Among other environmentally-friendly services, the firm offers fossil fuel-free deposits as well as an initiative that allows customers to plant a tree every time they round up their purchase to the nearest dollar.
WHY IT MATTERS: We often have little control over where the money we deposit goes. Aspiration’s suite of services for Postmates Fleet members represents a crucial effort toward greater transparency in the financial sector and toward ensuring that customers can align their money with their values.
Beyond Meat wants to go above and beyond in their efforts to practice antiracism.
The plant-based meat producer is partnering with the Social Change Fund—a recently-formed non-profit founded by Chris Paul, Dwayne Wade, Carmelo Anthony, and a group of Black industry executives—to fight racial disparities and create lasting, systemic change for Black communities. The two entities will be joining forces on initiatives related to education, health equity, and social justice.
WHY IT MATTERS: The whitewashing of vegetarianism and veganism is well documented. Beyond Meat is creating a blueprint for antiracist efforts within the plant-based food industry. May other players follow suit.