America’s leading app-based companies launch Flex, a new industry association

WASHINGTON, March 8, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Leading US app-based platforms, representing more than 52 million workers, have come together to form Flex, a new industry association that will serve as the voice of the app-based economy. Founding member companies include DoorDash, Gopuff, Grubhub, HopSkipDrive, Instacart, Lyft, Shipt, and Uber.

The association will advocate for common sense solutions on a range of issues affecting workers, consumers, businesses and other stakeholders that make up the app-based economy.

“Millions of businesses, communities and workers rely on app-based platforms every day. Flex will give voice to an industry that is driving America’s new economy forward,” said Kristin SharpCEO of Flex. “With innovative app-based technology at our fingertips, we have an incredible opportunity to continue solving problems. Whether it’s getting around town, commuting the kids to school, or simply to connect people with the dinner or groceries they need, our member companies help seamlessly fill the gaps in our daily lives. That’s why it’s so important to Flex to champion the everyday heroes who are behind this economic development.

Flex immediately launches its first education campaign under the banner “Independence Works”. Ad buys in the washington d.c. Metro Area offers true app-based workers who rely on the independence and flexibility of platform work. Nationally, app-based workers work an average of eight hours a week, allowing them to earn extra money on their own terms.

“The flexibility of the app-based economy has completely transformed the way people work, buy goods and services, and run their businesses,” Sharp mentioned. “Flex gives them a voice at the policy-making table so they can continue to help drive the American economy forward. Our first campaign highlights the flexibility of app-based work and explains why it’s so important for workers.

Flex is led by a labor policy expert Kristin Sharp as CEO and former Columbia, South Carolina Mayor Steve Benjamin as Chairman of Council. Flex’s Board of Directors is made up of officers from each member company.

“App-based work is open to anyone. Anyone can do it, and more and more people are choosing it because it breaks down the barriers that often hold people back,” said Steve Benjamin, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Flex. “Technology has redefined the way we work. Let’s replace outdated policies with innovative solutions that support individual goals and businesses across our country.”

Situated at washington d.c.Flex will foster dialogue and understanding between app-based businesses and public sector leaders while promoting policies that protect worker independence, expand flexible earning opportunities, support local economic growth, provide security and sustainability and expand access to essential services for millions of customers in communities across United States.

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About Flex, the voice of the app-based economy
Flex is the voice of the app-based economy, representing America’s leading app-based ridesharing and delivery platforms and the people who rely on them. Our member companies – DoorDash, Gopuff, Grubhub, HopSkipDrive, Instacart, Lyft, Shipt and Uber – help provide customers with safe and efficient access to essential goods and services, provide flexible earning opportunities for workers and support economic growth in communities around the world. country. Together, we advocate for policies that allow our industry to continue to serve the people who rely on our platforms.

About the direction of Flex

Kristin SharpCEO
Kristin Sharp has made a career out of innovating the way it works. Prior to joining Flex, Kristin was CEO of the Board of Education Quality Outcomes Standards (EQOS) and a senior member and former director of New America’s Initiative on Work, Workers, and Technology. She also co-founded Shift: The Commission on Work, Workers, and Technology, a joint project of New America and Bloomberg. Prior to that, she worked on technology, innovation and national security policy in the US Senate for Sens. Mark Warner, Marc Prior, Amy Klobucharand Richard Lugar.

Steve BenjaminPresident of the council
Steve Benjamin understands the importance of empowering communities to access it. He arrives in Flex after a term of more than ten years as mayor of Columbia, South Carolina. As mayor, Steve focused on economic development, job creation and community safety. He served as President of the United States Conference of Mayors from 2018 to 2019 and President of the Association of African American Mayors from 2015 to 2016. He was also Executive Chairman of Municipal Bonds for America, member of the Intergovernmental Advisory Committee of the Federal Communications Commission and a member of the Accelerator for America Advisory Council.


Andrew B. Reiter