GO-JEK in Fortune's Change the World List, the Only Company from Southeast Asia

GO-JEK in Fortune's Change the World List, the Only Company from Southeast Asia

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.

Nadiem Makarim, CEO and Founder of Go-Jek
Nadiem Makarim, CEO and Founder of Go-Jek


"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.

Go-Jek drivers. Image: Inovasee
Go-Jek drivers. Image: Inovasee


"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.

Indah Gilang Pusparani

Indah is a researcher at Badan Perencanaan Pembangunan Penelitian dan Pengembangan Daerah Kota Cirebon (Regional Development Planning and Research Agency of Cirebon Municipality). She covers More international relations, tourism, and startups in Southeast Asia region and beyond. Indah graduated from MSc Development Administration and Planning from University College London, United Kingdom in 2015. She finished bachelor degree from International Relations from University of Indonesia in 2014, with two exchange programs in Political Science at National University of Singapore and New Media in Journalism at Ball State University, USA. She was awarded Diplomacy Award at Harvard World Model United Nations and named as Indonesian Gifted Researcher by Australian National University. She is Researcher at Regional Planning Board in Cirebon, West Java. She previously worked as Editor in Bening Communication, the Commonwealth Parliament Association UK, and diplomacy consulting firm Best Delegate LLC in USA. Less
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