Yet more good news from one of the biggest startups in Southeast Asia, GO-JEK. The app-based on-demand service provider made it into the list of 56 Companies That Change the World according to Fortune Magazine.
GO-JEK ranks 17th , alongside other world-class companies such as Apple (third place), Unilever (21st), Microsoft (25th), and many more. That makes it the only company from Southeast Asia that made it into the list.
This appreciation came as a surprise for GO-JEK's management, yet it is proud. "This is the result of a collaboration with numerous parties that continue to support GO-JEK," said Nadiem Makarim, GO-JEK CEO and Founder on his official statement.
"Our gratitude [is] to the public and hundreds of thousands of our driver partners, talents and GO-JEK's MSME partners that continue to be committed to giving the best service to customers
"This acknowledgement motivates us to sustain our commitment in making positive contributions to the government's vision to make Indonesia the largest digital economy powerhouse in Southeast Asia by 2020, as conveyed by President Joko Widodo," he continued.
The "Change the World" list includes companies that made substantial social impact through their main business strategies. Fortune's official website said that a priority was given to companies with an annual income that exceeds US$ 1 billion.
"We are focused on companies that are do well by doing good of addressing various social problems. There were thousands of companies that we evaluated, from every corner of the globe," said Matthew Heimer, Fortune Features Editor in an official video for Change the World.
Fortune said that on-demand services company GO-JEK has jolted the economies of even famously gridlocked cities like Jakarta, where small businesses have seen their sales soar once they've registered on the company's platform.
Its 300,000 driver partners are doing well, they all also get to enjoy various health benefits, insurance, safety training, even microfinancing loans.
Aside from the social impact, GO-JEK has been contributing efforts to promote financial inclusion and cashless culture in Indonesia.