Bynd is a ridesharing app that helps organisations to facilitate carpooling amongst their staff, with the aim of reducing urban congestion and air pollution.

Getting to and from work consumes a sizeable portion of many peoples’ days. With the rise of ridesharing apps, the team at Bynd have developed an app with the specific function of facilitating ridesharing between co-workers. Organisations such as companies or universities can set up a platform on Bynd, where their staff then make profiles and organise carpooling with their colleagues.

In São Paulo, where Bynd was founded, workers often commute for three or four hours per day to get to work, resulting in an estimated economic loss of €10 billion each year due to wasted time. Bynd suggests that a company with 700 employees could reduce their CO2 emissions from transport by 322 tonnes per year and reduce transport and parking costs by up to 20%.

Why you should care

Ridesharing has the potential to drastically cut the number of cars on the roads, easing urban congestion and air pollution, and resulting in a smaller carbon footprint from transportation. What’s more, ridesharing drives down costs for both staff and organisations – employees save on petrol and insurance, while organisations save on the cost of providing parking. Finally, ridesharing provides an opportunity for colleagues to network, make friends and build a sense of community in their workplace.

How the Global Goals are addressed

Sustainable cities and communities
Reducing the number of cars on roads cuts congestion in urban centres and improves air quality.

Climate action
Four co-workers sharing one car who usually drive independently can significantly reduce CO2 emissions.