We have a core belief that making the most of diverse strengths and talents helps make our company successful. We take great care to weave diversity and inclusion (D&I) into the very fabric of our culture to improve as a global, multicultural and multigenerational company capable of serving the world's communities effectively.
To ensure that our focus on D&I is supported at all levels of the company, we seek the feedback of our associates as part of our biennial Organizational Health Survey. The feedback is encouraging. In 2009, our last full survey, 80 percent of our associates said their managers support their involvement in D&I activities, a 14 percent improvement since the question was first asked in 2004.
Feedback externally is also positive. PepsiCo is frequently benchmarked for its global D&I initiatives, often by many of our most-valued retail customers. And in 2010, our D&I leadership and initiatives were once again recognized by numerous organizations and publications.
In 2010, we were recognized for our diversity and inclusion initiatives around the world by many organizations and publications (see Black Enterprise's 40 Best Companies for Diversity).
Diversity and Inclusion Councils have been successfully established in all four continents of our PepsiCo International business, focusing on locally relevant diversity and inclusion strategies and plans, with a particular focus on women. In the U.S., our numerous Diversity and Inclusion Networks or Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) include African Americans, Latinos/Hispanics, Asians, Native Americans, Women, Women of Color, White Males, Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender individuals, and EnAble, for individuals with disabilities.
As an endorser of U.N. Women's Empowerment Principles, increasing support for women in our businesses is crucial, especially in developing countries. In the U.S., 33 percent of our board members are women, along with 31 percent of PepsiCo executives. This includes the region president of Asia Pacific and the president of our snacks business in China. We have also increased the percentage of women executives in our Latin America, Asia and Middle East businesses. For example, in Mexico, female representation in executive positions increased by 24 percent as of March 2011. In China, females in the executive ranks have reached 38.9 percent in total as of December 2010.
In 2010, PepsiCo's Midwest-South (MWS) Region made strategic investments in frontline labor and support to make sure the region hired the best candidates as frontline route sales representatives. In this effort, the region completed 14 community open houses in 2010, and deepened strong bonds with such organizations as the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Native American tribal councils and the Urban League. As a result, the region improved frontline representation of people of color by 1.35 percent, the second-highest increase in the company, and improved frontline female representation by 0.8 percent, the second-biggest increase in the company.
Meanwhile, the MWS Region has earned a reputation as "employer of choice" on campuses, with several cross-functional recruitment events. These efforts led to 12 new hires in the South called "District Sales Associates," eight of whom (75 percent) were people of color and/or female.
|Organization/Publication||List of Rating|
|Asian MBA||3rd in Best Companies for Asians|
|Asia Society||Best in Class Award for Promoting Asian Pacific American Leaders and Global Diversity|
|National Association for Female Executives||NAFE Top Companies for Executive Women list for 2010|
|Working Mother Media||Best Company for Multicultural Women|
|Women's Business Enterprise National Council||Top Among Its American Corporations for Women's Business Enterprises|
|Black Collegian||Top 100 Employers for Diversity (67th)|
|DiversityBusiness.com Magazine||Top 50 Organizations for Diversity (17th)|
|Hispanic Business Magazine||Top 25 Companies for Supplier Diversity|
|Equal Opportunity Magazine||Top 50 Employers for Members of Minority Groups (9th)|
|United Spinal||2010 Visionary Award|
|The Corporate Achievers for Individuals with Disabilities||2010 Corporate Achievers Award|
|Black Enterprise||BE's Top 40 Companies for Diversity|
|Reputation Institute||5th in America's Most Respected Companies|
|Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship||Placed 5th in Reputation Institute CSRI|
|CR Magazine||3rd in 100 Best Corporate Citizens|
|Forbes Magazine||PepsiCo Turkey Top List of "Companies Where Women Could Be Promoted the Fastest"|
|Great Place to Work—Mexico||Placed 22nd in Mexico in the 500—5,000 Employees Category|
|Great Place to Work—France||Ranked 1st in the Fewer than 500 Employees Category|
|Great Place to Work—Italy||PepsiCo Italy listed in "Best Workplaces in Italy 2010" (ranked 12th)|
|Top Employers—Italy||PepsiCo Italy listed in "Top Employers Italy 2010"|
|Great Place to Work—Greece||PepsiCo Greece (Tasty Foods) listed in "Best Workplaces in Greece 2010" (ranked 4th)|
|Best Companies to Work For—Turkey||PepsiCo Turkey listed in "Best Companies to Work For" for University Students in Turkey (ranked 7th in FMCG Sector)|
|Hewitt Best Employers—Turkey||PepsiCo Turkey certified as "Best Employer" (ranked 5th)|
|Great Place to Work—Ireland||PepsiCo Ireland listed in "Best Workplaces in Ireland 2010" (ranked 3rd—over 250 employees)|
|Great Place to Work—Ireland||PepsiCo Ireland listed in "Best Workplace in the Manufacturing Sector 2010"|
|Great Place to Work—U.K.||PepsiCo U.K. & Ireland listed in "Best Workplaces in United Kingdom 2010"|
|Everywoman Awards||PepsiCo U.K. & Ireland won "Team of the Year Award 2010" at the MAN "Everywoman" in Transport and Logistics Awards|
|Actualidad Económica (local newspaper)||PepsiCo Spain ranked 4th as "One of the Best Companies in Spain" that invests in training|
|CRF Institute||PepsiCo Spain awarded "Companies with Biggest Future" in terms of CSR|
|Reputation Institute||PepsiCo Spain listed in "Most Reputable Companies" in Spain (ranked 41st of 140 large companies)|
|Deloitte & IESE Business School||PepsiCo Portugal ranked 1st for its work-life balance policies for working families|
|Wall Street Journal Asia||35th in Asia 200|
|Ethisphere||Listed in World's Most Ethical Companies|
|Fortune||1st in 50 Most Powerful Women in Business|
|Fortune||2nd in World's Most Admired Companies|
Our brands appeal to an extraordinarily diverse array of customers and they are sold by an equally diverse group of retailers. To truly understand the needs of our consumers and customers—and to succeed in the marketplace—PepsiCo must reflect that diversity in our supplier base and in everything we do.
An integral part of our mission is a commitment to purchase from a supplier base representative of our associates, consumers, retail customers and communities. Developing partnerships with minority-owned and women-owned suppliers helps us build the world-class supplier base we need and creates mutually beneficial relationships that build communities and provide employment, training and role models.
In 2010, in the U.S. alone, we spent nearly $1.4 billion dollars with minority- and women-owned suppliers.
We have expanded the supplier diversity programs into other major markets, where the issue is most relevant—the U.K. (named Corporation of the Year by MSD-UK in 2010), Canada and South Africa, and will continue expanding the program as appropriate.
Qualified minority and women suppliers can register at our supplier diversity portal to get help connecting with potential buyers.
In the U.S., supplier diversity is embedded in the culture of strategic supply management with very specific requirements and metrics, and this expands to our prime suppliers, who are aware of those requirements and expectations. Despite a continued difficult economy, in 2010 we grew our diversity spending by 4 percent, and we received numerous awards and recognition for these efforts.
The trends below reflect our commitment to supplier diversity:
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