We are beginning to develop products that address malnutrition in emerging economies. In India, we have introduced iron-fortified biscuits at an affordable price point to provide nutritious snacks that can help address problems with anemia and maternal mortality.
In Ethiopia, the PepsiCo Foundation is supporting the World Food Programme and a local NGO to develop and pilot a chickpea-based supplementary food for children in 2011/2012. The successful launch of this new effort could radically alter the pricing of the entire range of related products, making them cheaper and thus allowing government aid and donor funding to reach millions more children on the same budget.
Our educational funding has helped hundreds of organizations over the past decades significantly increase opportunity and advancement in communities. In 2010, PepsiCo Foundation's total investment in projects related to education amounted to $4.6 million. PepsiCo Greater China Beverages works with the Red Cross Society of China to help improve schools for migrant workers by providing material aid, such as scholarships, book donations, sports facilities, computers and other resources for students and teachers for use in the classroom.
As a global and local company, PepsiCo is committed to hiring, developing and retaining employees from diverse backgrounds. We aim to continuously provide an inclusive culture and environment for our associates. In line with our efforts, we have signed the UN Women's Empowerment Principles and established Diversity and Inclusion Councils in all four continents of PepsiCo's international business. In the U.S. in 2010, 33 percent of our board members were women, along with 31 percent of PepsiCo executives. On the supply side, we spent nearly $1.4 billion dollars on products and services provided by minority- and women-owned suppliers in the U.S. in 2010.
PepsiCo Foundation has committed a three-year, $5 million grant to Save the Children to support work to decrease child mortality and malnutrition in rural India and Bangladesh. This initiative is supporting 250,000 children under the age of five and 1,000 children experiencing severe acute malnutrition.
The combined global resources of Save the Children and PepsiCo Foundation are helping make a profound difference in the lives of 250,000 mothers in rural areas of India and Bangladesh. During the first half of 2010, 3,545 pregnant women were screened for maternal nutrition. In China, PepsiCo is helping mothers gain access to fresh drinking water through the development of water cellars and supply facilities.
We have a global HIV/AIDS policy and are committed to addressing HIV/AIDS through an integrated approach that includes awareness, education and prevention, testing and treatment, and community and partner outreach. We have HIV/AIDS workplace programs in South Africa, China, Thailand, India, Russia and the U.S. In 2010, PepsiCo participated in the UN Non-Communicable Disease Summit. In India, our HIV Prevention Education initiative reached more than one million people in the communities where we operate. The initiative is run by a large network of company volunteers in association with the country's International Labour Organization.
As we grow our businesses in developed countries and expand in developing and emerging countries, we remain committed to minimizing the impact our business has on the environment. PepsiCo has established ongoing working relationships with the Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR and Climate Leaders programs, the Forest Stewardship Council, Refrigerants Naturally! (Greenpeace), and the Rainforest Alliance (RA). We also educate and work with our suppliers to improve social responsibility performance across the supply chain.
Our leaders actively participate in global health and development initiatives where we partner with the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and engage in dialogue with the World Health Organization (WHO), among others. Another example is our partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) on an agriculture initiative that seeks to significantly expand commercial sunflower production. The project is to create a sustainable market for sunflowers while providing loans and a source of income for some 850 Mexican farmers and their families. To view the complete list of our partnerships, please go to www.pepsico.com/purpose/overview.
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