PepsiCo has published its 2019 Sustainability Report, highlighting progress. Global Food and Beverage Leader Exceeds Safe Water Access Goal Five Years Early, SetsAmbitious New Target to Reach 100 Million People by 2030
Toward its sustainability goals and reaffirming the company’s agenda to help build a more
sustainable food system. The 2019 Sustainability Report shares progress across priority areas
where PepsiCo believes it can have the most meaningful impact: agriculture, water, climate,
packaging, products, and people.
Since 2006, PepsiCo’s philanthropic arm The PepsiCo Foundation has helped over 44 million
people in underserved communities around the world gain access to safe water, far surpassing
its goal to reach 25 million by 2025. PepsiCo has now set an ambitious new target to reach a
total of 100 million people by 2030.
In 2019, nearly 80% of PepsiCo’s farmer-sourced agricultural raw materials were verified as
sustainably sourced. Looking ahead, the plan is to reach the 100% goal by the end of 2020.
PepsiCo reduced its absolute GHG emissions by 6% across its global value chain in 2019.
PepsiCo has signed the UN’s Business Ambition for 1.5°C pledge, committing to set science-
based emissions-reduction targets across its entire value chain, all aimed at limiting global
warming to 1.5°C, while also developing a long-term strategy for achieving net-zero emissions
In Pakistan, PepsiCo is focusing on four main areas; access to safe water, next generation
agriculture, youth employability and COVID-19 disaster relief efforts.
PepsiCo has aligned with the government of Pakistan on access to safe water to support the
‘Clean Green Pakistan’ program. PepsiCo is working with WaterAid to provide safe water to
140,000 people in the country by 2021. In addition, the company has made significant progress
in water usage efficiency across its operations and aims to replenish 27 million liters of water
per annum by 2021 through several water replenishment projects.
In the area of agriculture, PepsiCo is leading the ‘Next Generation Agriculture, practices in
Pakistan by helping its farmers adopt high efficiency irrigation systems, educating them on
alternatives to stubble burning, encouraging peer to peer learning and water conservation.
Since 2017, PepsiCo has helped its farmers reduce water consumption by 1.6 billion liters.
In line with the Government’s Kamayab Jawan Initiative, the company is expanding its existing
support for youth employment and skills development with the help of an education start up –
Amal Academy. So far, 2,500 students have gone through the professional technical and soft
skills training. 70 percent of job seeking students have received an employment offer within
three months of graduating from the Program. PepsiCo is also supporting the ‘Ehsaas Program’
by helping create a circular economy for plastic packaging. As part of its COVID relief efforts
PepsiCo Pakistan is also supporting the ‘Ehsaas Program’ through its ‘Millions of Meals’
program and has so far distributed 5.2 million meals across Pakistan with the help of non-profit
partners who are deeply rooted in communities.
Earlier this year, PepsiCo announced an investment of Rs 775 million (US $5 million) for social
impact programs over the next 3 years to continue their support in the above-mentioned key
Furqan Ahmed Syed, CEO PepsiCo Pakistan and Afghanistan commented, ’I am proud of the
progress we continue to make on our sustainability agenda globally and locally. We remain
committed to aligning ourselves with the government’s priorities and helping tackle long term
issues by building a strong network of partners who continue to deliver widespread impact. It is
heartening to see our partner potato growers transition to sustainable farming practices with a
core focus on conserving water. Our commitment to helping build a better future for people
and the planet is part of PepsiCo’s broader vision to become a global leader in convenient foods
and beverages by “Winning with Purpose.”’