Bigbasket Makes Strides in Sustainability with Electric Vehicles, Solar Power, and More

Online grocer’s 2023 report highlights progress in reducing emissions, supporting farmers, and promoting inclusivity.

Bigbasket, a leading Indian online grocery retailer under the TATA umbrella, recently released its 2023 Sustainability Report outlining significant progress in reducing its environmental footprint and promoting social responsibility.

The report highlights six key areas of impact: electric delivery vehicles, solar power generation, support for organic farmers, waste management, diversity and inclusion, and corporate social responsibility.

Electric Vehicles Lead the Charge

Bigbasket’s electric vehicle fleet played a starring role, preventing an estimated 10,429 tonnes of carbon emissions in 2023. This impact is equivalent to the carbon absorption capacity of nearly 4.74 lakh (474,000) fully grown trees. The company’s EV journey began in 2016 with a pilot program in Noida and has grown to encompass 27% of its delivery operations, boasting a fleet of 5,731 electric bikes and 760 electric autos and vans.

Harnessing the Power of the Sun

Solar energy also featured prominently in Bigbasket’s sustainability efforts. By installing solar panels on the rooftops of 28 warehouses across 13 cities, the company generated 5,268 MWh of solar power in 2023, resulting in a reduction of 4,214 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.

Supporting Sustainable Agriculture

Bigbasket demonstrated its commitment to a greener future by supporting over 10,000 organic farmers. The company provides them with field geotagging, agricultural intelligence tools, and knowledge sessions on modern farming techniques and government schemes. This initiative aims to empower farmers to adopt sustainable practices that preserve soil health and produce healthier food options.

Beyond Numbers: A Commitment to Inclusivity

“At bigbasket, we are not just about reducing carbon emissions or generating solar power,” said Hari Menon, CEO and Co-Founder of bigbasket. “We are redefining what it means to be environmentally responsible in the modern age. Our commitment goes beyond numbers; it’s about catalyzing change, nurturing inclusivity, and leaving a legacy of conscious consumption.”

Minimizing Waste and Promoting Inclusivity

Bigbasket achieved a significant milestone by recycling over 100 tonnes of waste per month. The company uses metal crates to minimize cardboard usage, while repurposing damaged produce into compost or animal feed. Additionally, the company transitioned to 100% digital invoices for express deliveries and uses recycled paper for printed invoices, saving 220 tonnes of virgin paper annually. Delicate produce is wrapped in cornstarch packaging, a more sustainable alternative to plastic.

Bigbasket’s dedication to diversity and inclusion is reflected in its “Aarambh” program, which has facilitated the inclusion of over 5,000 women (16.5% of the workforce) and 600+ persons with disabilities.

Giving Back to the Community

The bigbasket Foundation further extends the company’s sustainability efforts by connecting customers to verified NGOs through the Donations tab in the bigbasket app. This initiative fosters community engagement and supports various social causes.

Bigbasket’s 2023 Sustainability Report paints a promising picture of a company striving to make a positive impact on the environment and society. The company’s initiatives serve as an example for other businesses looking to embrace a more sustainable future.