PepsiCo encourages and supports associate volunteerism and community involvement through a wide variety of company-sponsored programs and initiatives.
All around the world, thousands of PepsiCo associates are engaged in volunteer activities that improve their communities. These initiatives are designed not only to positively impact the communities we serve, but also to drive our associates to be leaders in social responsibility.
In 2010, for example, 200 associates in Mexico worked with United Way to help renovate a school for children with disabilities, and—for the fourth year—we continued our commitment to Vive Saludable Escuelas, which provides education on diet and physical activity to elementary and high school students throughout the country.
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.
And in the U.S., the 2010 Pepsi Refresh Project awarded more than $20 million in small grants to help communities move forward in the areas of health, arts and culture, food and shelter, the environment, neighborhoods and education. One of the original projects included a $10,000 grant to Mosaic, our African-American Employee Resource Group, which coordinated the efforts of nearly 1,400 associate volunteers in 30 food banks across the U.S. The Pepsi Refresh Project is expanding to additional markets (Europe, Latin America and the Middle East) in 2011.
A sampling of other PepsiCo associate volunteer efforts:
In 2010, the PepsiCo Foundation matched $5.1 million in associate charitable contributions. Over the past 12 years, the Foundation has provided $47 million in matching gifts to qualified nonprofit agencies working in environmental, educational, civic, arts and health and human services fields.
Available to associates worldwide, matching gifts leverage and increase the impact of individual contributions. The matching gifts program also helped associates provide aid to populations affected by disaster. In 2010, for example, the PepsiCo Foundation matched associates' contributions to assist those affected by the Haiti earthquake, the Chile earthquake and the Pakistan floods, supplementing additional disaster relief aid provided by the Foundation and PepsiCo business units.
An associate's contribution may qualify for a double match if the associate serves on the board of a nonprofit organization and actively volunteers 40 hours of personal time with that organization in a calendar year.
We support education through a number of PepsiCo Foundation grants, including:
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